Playing the Australian Open in January is 'not a real possibility' for Roger Federer, his coach has confirmed.
Federer has had three operations on his knee since the 2020 Australian Open, and his attempted comeback earlier this year broke down after a disappointing Wimbledon.
He has sounded optimistic in interviews about his chances of playing more tennis next year, although it seems his legions of fans will need to be patient.
“I think there are very few chances, he is still recovering and knowing him, he wants to be sure he can play to win the tournament and be at 100 per cent,” coach Ivan Ljubicic told Stats Perform of Roger Federer.
“So I think the Australian Open is not a real possibility right now.
"But he will go step by step because he is 40-years-old now and he needs to be patient. He cannot recover as quickly as he used to.”
Federer's injury woes in the last 18 months have heightened speculation he will opt to retire instead of returning, but Ljubicic says that isn't the case.
“We have spoken and I can guarantee he wants to return to playing tennis,” he said.
“When he decides to stop he will retire, but I don’t think it’s going to happen all of a sudden.”
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