Roger Federer withdraws from Australian Open as he continues to plan 2021 comeback

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Roger Federer plans to make a return to tennis in 2021, however it will not occur on the Australian Open. Federer’s agent, Tony Godsick, confirmed to the Related Press that his consumer plans to withdraw from the Aussie Open on Sunday.

Federer remains to be recovering from two operations on his proper knee and hasn’t competed in a event match in nearly a full 12 months. Federer’s final official motion got here on the 2020 Australian Open, the place he misplaced to eventual champion Novak Djokovic within the semifinals.

The beginning of this 12 months’s Australian Open has been delayed attributable to COVID-19 and will not kick off till early February. Some believed the additional time would enable Federer to heal and play within the event, however Goldsick stated skipping the 12 months’s opening main is the “greatest determination for [Federer] in the long term.”

“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. Nonetheless, after session along with his crew, he determined that the most effective determination for him in the long term is to return to aggressive tennis after the Australian Open,” Godsick stated in a press release, by way of the AP.

Although he will not be competing in Melbourne, Federer ought to be in line to return to the tour quickly. Goldsick confirmed that he is engaged on constructing a 2021 aggressive schedule of occasions beginning in late February.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, is at present coaching at his offseason house in Dubai. 

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