Roger Federer has withdrawn from the upcoming Australian Open because the 20-time main champion continues to work his manner again to full health following a knee damage, his agent has introduced.
Federer has not performed since shedding to eventual champion Novak Djokovic within the semifinals of the 2020 Australian Open at the begin of this 12 months, having twice undergone knee surgical procedure since that event.
The 39-year-old Swiss celebrity is not going to journey to Melbourne for the rescheduled 2021 Australian Open, which is able to happen from Feb. 8-21.
“Roger has determined to not play the 2021 Australian Open. He has made sturdy progress within the final couple of months along with his knee and his health,” Tony Godsick mentioned in a press release to The Related Press.
“Nevertheless, after session along with his crew, he determined that the very best determination for him in the long term is to return to aggressive tennis after the Australian Open.
“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 12 months.”
Federer is a six-time winner of the Australian Open, along with his final triumph coming in 2018.
Ranked fifth on the ATP Tour, Federer had a 5-1 win-loss file earlier than his 2020 marketing campaign was lower quick.
The 2021 Australian Open, in the meantime, will happen in February as an alternative of its typical Jan. 18 begin date amid the coronavirus pandemic.
There shall be warmup occasions in Melbourne after touring gamers serve 14-day quarantine periods in Victoria that let them to coach for a most of 5 hours per day at a safe facility.
There shall be three ATP warmup occasions in Melbourne, too, together with the ATP Cup from Feb. 1-5.
The Adelaide Worldwide has been relocated to Melbourne and can run alongside an extra ATP 250 event within the metropolis from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6.