Tennis hotshot Roger Federer declared on Wednesday that he can keep off the court till 2021 following a 3rd surgical treatment on his knee.
The Swiss lawn tennis artist, 38, aforementioned that he underwent "an extra fast arthroscopic procedure" on his right knee a number of weeks past once experiencing a reversal throughout his rehabilitation from surgery in February.
"Now, very like I did leading up to the 2017 season, I arrange to take the required time to be 100 percent able to play at my highest level," he wrote during a statement.
"I are missing my fans and also the tour dearly however, i'll forestall to seeing everybody back traveling at the beginning of the 2021 season," he added.
The twenty-time slam singles champion decrease his 2016 season thanks to knee and back injuries, the primary of that required surgical intervention.
When he came to the court in 2017, he had born to sixteenth within the nucleotide rankings, however he finished the season graded second once winning a complete of seven titles as well as the Australian Open and suburbia.
Federer contend his last match of 2020 at the Australian Open once he lost in straight sets within the semi-final against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, World Health Organization went on to clinch the title.
The Association for lawn tennis Professionals (ATP) suspended play in March for AN initial amount of six weeks because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The suspension has since been extended to Gregorian calendar month thirty one.
"We still assess all our choices in an endeavor to resume the Tour as before long as it's safe to try to to thus, as well as the feasibleness of rescheduling events later within the season," chairman Andrea Gaudenzi aforementioned during a statement.
Tournaments happening from quarter day, 2020, ar for currently maintained.
Federer is that the oldest male player on the nucleotide circuit and has for currently expressed no want to retire however this new prolonged break is probably going to fuel speculation.
The Swiss ace holds the record for the foremost wash room Grand Slams singles titles, earlier than Spain's Rafal Nadal and Djokovic World Health Organization have nineteen and seventeen severally.
With pre-tax earnings of $106 million, he conjointly took the primary spot in Forbes magazine's latest highest-paid athletes list, earlier than soccer superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.