Roger Federer is pulling out of the Australian Open as he continues to prepare to regain activity after two operations on his right knee, his agent told The Associated Press on Sunday

Tony Godsick – Federer’s longtime representative and CEO of management company TEAM8 – said he was working on putting together a tennis calendar for 2021 for the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who plans to tour again soon after the tour’s first major tennis tournament of the year

“Roger has decided not to play the Australian Open in 2021. He has made great strides in his knee and fitness over the past few months, but after consulting with his team, he decided that the best decision for him in the long term is this to return to competitive tennis after the Australian Open, ”Godsick said in a statement released to the AP

“I will be starting discussions over the coming week about tournaments starting in late February and then creating a schedule for the rest of the year,” said Godsick

The start of the main draw of the Australian Open has been delayed by three weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic February begin at Melbourne Park

The decision to postpone his comeback was made by trainers Severin Luthi and Ivan Ljubicic and fitness trainer Pierre Paganini

Federer has not played a tournament game at the Australian Open 2020 since the end of January, in which he was clearly injured when he lost in straight sets in the semifinals to the eventual master Novak Djokovic.Shortly afterwards, Federer played with Rafael Nadal at a charity event a record tennis audience of 50+000 people in a football stadium in Cape Town

Just weeks later, Federer announced that he had to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and that he had to take a break of at least four months

He later had a second operation on that knee and missed the rest of the pandemic-altered season

Up until this knee problem, Federer had only had one operation interrupted his career – in 2016 on his left knee. when he played again and won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017

The following year, he again won the Australian Open for his sixth trophy, along with eight from Wimbledon, five from the US Open and one from the French Open to complete a career grand slam

While Federer was on hiatus this year, Nadal hit his men’s record for most major championships by turning 20 in October collected at Roland Garros Federer wrote a congratulatory message on social media to Nadal that day, hoping that “20 is just one more step on the way for both of us”

Djokovic’s title in Australia this year brought him closer to the other members of the Big Three in men’s tennis with a total of 17 players

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