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Roger Federer dropped out of the ATP rankings for the first time in 25 years

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Roger Federer’s absence from tennis cost him a place in the ATP rankings.

The legendary superstar was not listed in the current ATP rankings for the first time since 1997. He had appeared in the singles rankings every week since his debut aged 16 in September of that year.

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Switzerland's Roger Federer speak during a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Center Court on day seven of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday July 3, 2022.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Switzerland’s Roger Federer speak during a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Center Court on day seven of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday July 3, 2022.
(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

He holds the record for most consecutive weeks at #1 with 237 and has spent a total of 310 weeks at #1 during his career.

Federer has been struggling with injuries since reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals a year ago. He has not played since last year’s tournament. He was ranked 97th before play began at this week’s Grand Slam event, but now has zero points as the ranking is based on a player’s results over the past 52 weeks.

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Switzerland's Roger Federer waves during celebrations to mark the centenary of Center Court on day seven of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday July 3, 2022.

Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves during celebrations to mark the centenary of Center Court on day seven of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday July 3, 2022.
(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The 40-year-old Swiss star wants to return to a tournament in his home country in October. He said last week he hopes to play Wimbledon again. He attended a ceremony honoring the Wimbledon champions.

“I was just trying to be successful here and to represent the sport well. I hope I succeeded,” he said. “And I hope I can come back… one more time.”

Federer has the men’s record for the most wins at Wimbledon at eight. Novak Djokovic took seventh place by beating Nick Kyrgios on Sunday.

In this photo from Sunday, December 15, 2019, Roger Federer speaks to the Associated Press reporter during an exclusive interview in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

In this photo from Sunday, December 15, 2019, Roger Federer speaks to the Associated Press reporter during an exclusive interview in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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“I’ve been lucky enough to play a lot of games on this pitch. It feels uncomfortable to be here in a different kind of role today,” he added. “But it’s great to be here with… all the other champions. This place has given me my biggest wins, my biggest losses.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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