Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer said Wednesday after having his second knee surgery in a few months, he will be ruled out until 2021.
After undergoing a similar keyhole procedure in February, Roger Federer said he needed follow-up arthroscopic surgery “a few weeks ago.”
Federer’s Grand Slam win was the 2018 Australian Open. He said that he “experienced a setback during (his) initial rehabilitation”.
“I plan to take the necessary time to be 100 percent ready to play at my highest level,” he said in a statement on Twitter.
“I will be missing my fans and the tour dearly but I will look forward to seeing everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season.”
The announcement appears as the retirement of Federer, who has been named the highest-paid athlete in the world.
Roger Federer is on the all-time list straight ahead of his fierce rivals Rafael Nadal (19) and Novak Djokovic (17).
Federer had originally intended to return for this month’s now canceled grass-court season, after the initial procedure. His last match of the tournament was in the Australian Open semi-final on January 30 where he lost to eventual champion Djokovic.
In April, when Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since World War II, Federer said he was “devastated”
During his career he has won 103 singles titles, including all four majors, he got off lightly with injuries.