Roger Federer is taking out from the rescheduled Australian Open yet still prepares to play in 2021 as soon as he recoups from 2 knee surgical procedures on his appropriate knee in 2020.

“Roger has actually made a decision not to play the 2021 Australian Open,” his representative Tony Godsick and also Chief Executive Officer of their administration firm, TEAM8, told The Associated Press via email. “He has actually made solid development in the last number of months with his knee and also his physical fitness. However, after assessment with his group, he determined that the very best choice for him over time is to go back to affordable tennis after the Australian Open.

“I will certainly begin conversations this coming week for competitions that start in late February and after that begin to construct a timetable for the remainder of the year,” Godsick claimed.

Federer, 39, has actually won 6 of his 20 Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open, most just recently in 2018, the website of his last Grand Slam success. He is presently in Dubai, the AP reported.

The Australian Open has actually been pressed back from a Jan. 17 begin as a result of COVID-19 worries.

Federer hasn’t played an ATP occasion given that shedding to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of this year’s Australian Open in January. He last played when he beat rival Rafael Nadal in a charity match in South Africa in February.

He after that went through arthroscopic appropriate knee surgical treatment in February and also had a follow-up treatment in June. At that factor, he revealed he wouldn’t bet up until 2021.

“I would certainly have wished that I would certainly go to one hundred percent by October,” Federer said previously this month at a honors event in Switzerland, according to Swiss media.. “But I still am not today. It will certainly be limited for the Australian Open.

“It’s a race versus time. Of training course, it would certainly aid if I had a little even more time. But it’s mosting likely to be close.”

Federer, 39, also increased worries concerning his future by claiming, “I really hope there is still something to see of me in the brand-new year. We will certainly see.”

Earlier this year, Federer landed the leading place on the yearly Forbes checklist of the highest-paid professional athletes with $106.3 million in pre-tax revenues. The Swiss ace was the very first tennis gamer to take the No. 1 ranking given that the checklist debuted in 1990.

While Federer remained a lot of 2020, Nadal, 34, connected him atop the all-time majors checklist by winning his 13th French Open and also 20th significant at the French Open in October.

Djokovic, 33, has 17 Grand Slam titles and also previous globe No. 1sts Andy Roddick and also Jim Courier have actually claimed he’s the preferred to end up as the all-time males’s leader in Slams.

Federer still has huge objectives, consisting of having fun in the Tokyo Olympics in July, where he is targeting a very first songs gold medal.

“I want I’d made even more development, yet I’m however pleased with where I am,” he claimed previously this month.

“My 2nd knee surgical treatment was a substantial obstacle, yet in the previous months, points have actually gone gradually onward.

“We’re taking our time, yet the following 2, 3 months will certainly end up being profoundly vital for me.”