Roger Federer to miss the remainder of the 2020 Season
20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer has confirmed that he will be out of action for the rest of 2020 after suffering a setback during his initial rehabilitation from knee surgery.
The Swiss great broke the news on Wednesday on his Twitter handle.
Federer wrote on the free social networking microblogging: “Dear fans. I hope you are staying safe and healthy,” he wrote.
“A few weeks ago, having experienced a setback during my initial rehabilitation, I had to have an additional 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, Roger.”
The 38-year-old, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in February that would have forced him to miss the clay-court season, including the French Open, had the tour not been suspended in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The French Open, originally scheduled for May, was postponed to September, and Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since World War II.
In 2016, Federer took off the latter half of the season, missing the Summer Olympics and US Open, to fully recover from a left knee injury that had plagued him for the majority of the year.
He came back to win the Australian Open in January 2017, defeating Rafael Nadal in five sets while ranked No. 17, his lowest ranking in more than 15 years. Federer went on to win Wimbledon without dropping a set for his 19th major title.
Federer won his 20th Grand Slam title in 2018 at the Australian Open.