Goodbye 2020, hello 2021 for Roger Federer

Knee operated in February, Roger Federer initially planned to return during the grass season this summer.

While the ATP, the men's professional circuit, should give players indications this Wednesday about the possible competition schedule in the coming months, one of them – and not the least – has already made it known that it would be without him.

Switzerland's Roger Federer, record holder of Grand Slam victories (20), announced Wednesday in a message on his Twitter account that he would be removed from tennis courts until 2021 following a new knee operation law.

"I plan to take the time to be 100% and be able to play at my best level" said the player, who turns 39 in August. "I will miss my fans and the tour a lot and I can't wait to see everyone again at the start of the 2021 season."

On February 20, the Swiss announced that he had undergone surgery on his right knee. He then gave "Meeting for the season on grass", this summer. The coronavirus epidemic has not made him miss anything so far: the ATP circuit has been stopped since early March. And it should be until at least the end of July.

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The World with AFP

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