Roger Federer won’t be playing competitive tennis in 2020 after needing to undergo another surgery on his right knee.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion had opted for the arthroscopic surgery earlier this year in February before the tennis season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Since then Federer had been out of action and had opted not to play any of the exhibition tournaments including the Novak Djokovic-organised Adria Tour in Balkan. Now it has been revealed he had suffered a setback during his recuperation and as a result needed a second, corrective surgery on his right knee.
In a post shared on social media, Federer said he needed to undergo an “additional, quick arthroscopic procedure”. He added that much like how he had done in 2017, Federer would look to take time off to ensure he is 100% fit before he returns back to the sport.
“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.”
The Swiss maestro last featured at the Australian Open where he struggled with his groin and leg muscle injury throughout the tournament. He made a couple of sterling comebacks against John Millman and Tennys Sandgren but in the end went down to the world number one Novak Djokovic in the semifinal.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 10, 2020
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While an injury can never come at an opportune time, Federer’s knee problems haven’t yet forced him to miss too much competitive tennis.
With the coronavirus pandemic having led to the cancellation of Wimbledon and the US Open and French Open still contemplating how they would go ahead with the respective competitions, Federer might not miss as much tennis as he might have in another, normal year.
Travelling with a family, which is what Federer usually does on tour, might not have been the most attractive option for the champion player either given the threat associated with the pandemic.
Already the US Open organizers have spoken of the kind of stringent measures they would have to put in place for the tournament and that includes allowing just one training partner along with the player.
If the remaining two Grand Slams do go ahead, it could allow Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to inch closer to the Federer tally of 20 Grand Slams.