Roger Federer has announced on social media he will not be back playing tennis until 2021.
At the end of February the 20 time Grand Slam champion announced he would be out until June following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee which had been bothering him for a while.
Since then obviously we haven’t had much tennis at all due to the outbreak of Coronavirus but Federer will not be back this year.
On Wednesday morning he posted on social media saying:
I hope you are staying safe and healthy.
A few weeks ago, having experienced a setback during my initial rehabilitation, I had to have an additional quick arthroscopic procedure on my right knee. Now, much like I did leading up to the 2017 season, I plan to take the necessary time to be 100% ready to play at my highest level. I will be missing my fans and the tour dearly but, I will look forward to seeing everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season.
All the best,
The timing has obviously got people talking with the tours set to announce their reshuffled schedules soon and we have already seen Djokovic and Nadal cast doubts over plans.
Hopefully all goes well in this recovery period for Roger and maybe he could play ATP Cup in January?
Federer saying he plans to take necessary time to be 100% ready tells me there is an element of dis-comfort with potentially travelling during these times. We talk about these people as sportsmen and women but they also have young families who travel with them and protecting them has the priority.