Federer out for remainder of 2020 after injury setback

Friday, 12 Jun, 2020

Earlier on the day, Swiss maestro and former world number one Tennis player Roger Federer informed that he would be undergoing another arthroscopic surgery on the right knee and, as a result, miss the remaining part of the 2020 season.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has opted to sit out the remaining two Grand Slams of 2020 - the USA and French Opens - in order to fully recover from a niggling knee problem.

British player Dan Evans highlighted that only a few top players have an entourage travelling with them during Grand Slams and most players would be willing to accept safety protocols due to the Covid-19 pandemic that prevent a set number of people from travelling with the player.

Federer underwent right knee surgery in February this year.

Federer, who turns 39 in August, missed much of the 2016 season to injuries.

"I will be lacking my lovers and the tour dearly but I will search ahead to observing everybody back on tour at the get started of the 2021 time".

He lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the 2020 Australian Open semifinals on January 30 in Melbourne prior to the surgery.

Prior to this tweet, he had also tagged Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic, asking, "Do you think the US OPEN should go ahead?"

Two Grand Slams have been delayed or canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The hard-court grand slam is due to begin at Flushing Meadows in NY on August 31, but there are doubts over the tournament due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. "Our top goal is to conduct the US Open in NY in our scheduled dates". Initial plans for the U.S. Open call for no fans in the stands and charter flights to carry players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to NY, the Associated Press reported. The French Tennis Federation postponed the event to September, now setting it a week after the US Open is scheduled to conclude.

American pro Danielle Collins has slammed the world's top-ranked male player over his admission he could skip the US Open.

The world number one reiterated his opposition to "extreme" restrictions that could be in place in NY, including a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from outside the United States, restricted access to courts, and limited ability to move around the city.

He said, "All the players I have talked to, they were not quite ready to go there (New York)".

Collins has urged Djokovic, who heads the men's ATP Tour players' council, to support US Open organisers.