Roger Federer has confirmed he will not be playing in next January’s Australian Open as he continues his recovery after his most recent knee surgery.
- Federer says he needs to be “patient” with his recovery after knee surgery
- He is not expected to be fit for next year’s Wimbledon
- He also missed this year’s US Open due to injury
The 20-time major singles champion – who has won the Australian Open on six occasions – has told Swiss media that he may also miss the 2022 Wimbledon tournament, which begins in late June.
Federer has played just 13 matches in 2021 and not one since it suffered a straight set quarter-final loss against Polish young gunman Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon in July.
The 40-year-old said he will be able to resume running in January and return to training on the court in March or April.
“I have to be very patient and give my knee the time to recover. The coming months will be decisive,” Federer told the Swiss newspaper Le Matin.
Federer’s latest four-month layoff comes after he spent much of 2020 on the sidelines with a knee injury after his record 15th semi-final appearance at the Australian Open.
He retired from the French Open last June after winning his third-round match, saying he wants to save himself for Wimbledon, a tournament he has won a record eight times.
While playing in London, he was later forced to miss the US Open after undergoing knee surgery.
His absence from the 2022 Australian Open – though not a surprise – is a huge blow for tournament officials who hoped the “big three” of Federer’s men, Rafael Nadal and nine-time champion Novak Djokovic would all return to Melbourne for the time. at least one last time.
Nadal has signaled his intention to be in Melbourne after his own injury fights in 2021, while Djokovic’s participation remains uncertain.
The world number one has yet to commit to another title defense in January after refusing to publicly disclose its vaccine status.
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are tied at the top of the men’s all-time list for major single wins.
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