Agent to AP: Federer to overlook Australia; planning 2021 return


Roger Federer is withdrawing from the Australian Open whereas he continues making ready to return to motion after two operations on his proper knee, his agent advised The Related Press on Sunday.

Tony Godsick — Federer’s long-time consultant and CEO of their administration firm, TEAM8 — mentioned he’s engaged on placing collectively a 2021 tennis calendar for the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who plans to get again on tour quickly after the yr’s first main tennis event.

“Roger has determined to not play the 2021 Australian Open. He has made robust progress within the final couple of months together with his knee and his health. Nonetheless, after session together with his workforce, he determined that one of the best choice for him in the long term is to return to aggressive tennis after the Australian Open,” Godsick mentioned in an announcement launched to the AP.

“I’ll begin discussions this coming week for tournaments that start in late February after which begin to construct a schedule for the remainder of the yr,” Godsick mentioned.

The beginning of the Australian Open’s foremost draw was delayed by three weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic and is now scheduled to start on Feb. 8 at Melbourne Park.

The 39-year-old Federer is at the moment coaching in his regular low season dwelling of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

He hasn’t performed a event match since late January on the 2020 Australian Open, the place he was clearly injured whereas dropping in straight units to eventual champion Novak Djokovic within the semifinals.

Simply weeks later, Federer introduced he had arthroscopic surgical procedure on his proper knee. He later had a second process.

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