Roger Federer will not make his comeback at the upcoming Australian Open as originally planned, his agent has confirmed.
Federer missed almost all of the 2020 season, playing just one tournament before undergoing knee surgery to tackle a long standing problem.
That surgery was supposed to keep him out until the summer, but it was not successful and he required a second operation later in the year.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner admitted on multiple occasions that the Australian Open was his target for a return, and the delayed start could help him cement those plans.
However, he will now delay his return until later in the year.
“Roger has decided not to play the 2021 Australian Open,” Federer’s agent Todd Godsick told the Associated Press.
“He has made strong progress in the last couple of months with his knee and his fitness.
“However, after consultation with his team, he decided that the best decision for him in the long run is to return to competitive tennis after the Australian Open.
“I will start discussions this coming week for tournaments that begin in late February and then start to build a schedule for the rest of the year.”
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