Roger Federer’s representative has confirmed that the Swiss tennis player will miss 2021 Australian Open due to not recovering from a knee injury.
Recently, the Australian Open organizers and Roger Federer’s representative have confirmed that the 39-year-old will not attend the first Grand Slam tournament next year. The Australian Open is a tournament that the Swiss legend has won 6 times in the past.
Federer has not yet scheduled a return
Federer has not played since losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2020 Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year. During that time, the 39-year-old had undergone two knee surgeries. Although he has returned to training in the past time, the Swiss legend still decided to return after consulting with the coaching staff.
The Australian Open used to be the place to witness Federer’s perfect return. At this tournament in 2017, the Swiss legend won the championship even though he had suffered a severe back injury before. A year later, Federer returned to Melbourne and continued to successfully defend the championship trophy, which is also the 20th Grand slam title of the player’s career.
Federer’s absence will make the attraction of the Australian Open significantly affected by the Swiss legend who has the largest fan base in the world. Australian Open director Craig Tiley said Federer was disappointed by not being able to attend Melbourne. Meanwhile, former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski thinks that Federer is heading to Wimbledon.
The schedule of the Australian Open
According to the plan, the Australian Open opens on February 8 instead of January 18 as in previous years due to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic. All players will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Australia. During that time, players will be continuously checked for Covid-19 but are allowed to practice 5 hours/day at a safe location.