Roger Federer 'definitely' would have played the Australian Open if he was fit, according to one of the Swiss ace's biographers.
Federer has missed an entire year after requiring double knee surgery in 2020.
He was targeting a return to action at the upcoming Australian Open but pulled out claiming he was not yet fit enough to compete.
Those claims were later disputed by the tournament's director of player liaison, Andre Sa, who said: “The main reason was the quarantine.
“I talked to him a month ago, and he had two options. He could come with the whole family and quarantine them.
"The problem is that Mirka (Federer’s wife) and her children couldn’t leave the room. They would have to stay 14 days in the room.
"The exception is only for players. He could go out, train, and come back, but the family couldn’t. Mirka did not approve of the idea."
However, Federer's biographer Simon Graf has given an alternative view, as well as speculating on his return dates.
“I hate to destroy the narrative," Graf wrote on Twitter, "but Roger Federer would have definitely played at the Australian Open had he been fit to compete at the level he wished for.
“I am quite optimistic, though, he will play in Dubai mid March.”
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