Publicado: 27/12/2020

Roger Federer out of Australian Open after knee surgery

Roger Federer out of Australian Open after knee surgery

Melbourne (AFP) -

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will miss the Australian Open for the first time in his career as he continues his recovery from two rounds of knee surgery, organisers said Monday.

The 39-year-old Swiss has been out of action since February but recently resumed training and was on the entry list for year's opening Grand Slam, which will make a delayed start on February 8.

Federer, a huge favourite with the Melbourne crowds, hasn't missed the Australian Open since his debut in 2000, winning the trophy six times.

'In the end Roger ran out of time to get himself ready for the rigours of a Grand Slam and he's very disappointed he won't be coming to Melbourne in 2021,' said tournament chief Craig Tiley.

'We wish him all the best as he prepares for his comeback later in the year and look forward to seeing him in Melbourne in 2022.'

Federer sat out most of the Covid-disrupted 2020 season after losing to Novak Djokovic in the Melbourne semis in January, his last competitive match.

He underwent keyhole surgery on his right knee in February, before needing a follow-up operation and calling off his season to recover.

The Swiss could only watch as Rafael Nadal matched his all-time men's record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles with a 13th victory at the French Open.

Federer will now concentrate on getting himself ready for the rest of the 2021 season, which includes the Tokyo Olympics and the chance of his first singles gold medal.

'He has made strong progress in the last couple of months with his knee and his fitness,' his agent Tony Godsick said in a statement.

'I will start discussions this coming week for tournaments that begin in late February and then start to build a schedule for the rest of the year,' Godsick added.

- Murray wildcard -

Federer's absence will be felt at the Australian Open, despite a top-quality field led by world number ones Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty.

US superstar Serena Williams, Federer's contemporary at 39, is also on the entry list as she again attempts to equal Margaret Court's record of 24-time Grand Slam singles titles.

Federer's withdrawal comes as former world number one Andy Murray, a five-time Australian Open finalist, was given a wildcard entry.

Tiley welcomed the 33-year-old back to the tournament, two years after his first-round exit prompted fears his career was at an end.

'Seeing him come back, having undergone major surgery and built himself back up to get onto the tour again, will be a highlight,' Tiley said.

The opening Slam of the year, which will be played in front of at least 50 percent of normal crowds, has been pushed back three weeks to February 8 over difficulties caused by the coronavirus.

All players must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival, during which they will constantly be tested for Covid-19 but allowed to train for five hours a day in a bio-secure bubble.

The men's and women's qualifiers will be held in Doha and Dubai respectively from January 10-13, with players arriving in Melbourne from January 15 on special charter flights.

Melbourne only emerged from a months-long lockdown in October following a second wave of Covid-19, complicating planning for the Grand Slam and how to allow so many players and support staff to enter the country safely.

Australia has largely contained the coronavirus, although a new outbreak in Sydney has sparked fresh restrictions in parts of the city and even state border closures.

Más en Zeta

El veinticinco de enero

El veinticinco de enero

15 January 2021
Ese día se conocerán los nombres de los nuevos directores de la Policía Nacional por la jubilación de Jorge Miranda. Se rumora que habrá varios cambios importantes en otros cargos de la entidad. Adiós al IDAAN El director del IDAAN renunció el pasado 14 de enero. Se desconocen la razones, pero ...

Dr Gaitán: Cuidemos la educación del coronavirus.

ZETA PANAMÁ, (EDGARDO GAITÁN*).-UNICEF, se decanta por recomendar la apertura de las escuelas. Dice que los niños no son los supercotagiadores que se decía al inicio de la pandemia y que los adultos son los que contagian a los niños. Tremendas verdades de perogrullo, claro que si no hay escuela...

9 de enero 1964: La Gesta que cambió la historia

ZETA PANAMÁ, (BENJAMÍN COLAMARCO PATIÑO).- El país debe sustentarse en valores, en principios, en objetivos superiores que direccionen la interactuación social y fortalezcan la cohesión estatal-nacional de la República. Quienes nos identificamos con las luchas históricas de nuestro pueblo por pr...

Construir edificios y ciudades saludables no es un lujo para el futuro, es una necesidad para hoy

ZETA, (ARTURO SÁENZ).- Esta es la situación. Desde la década de los ochenta la Organización Mundial de la Salud OMS empezó a reportar la existencia de una estrecha relación entre la aparición de enfermedades crónicas y los lugares de trabajo de las personas. Es decir, se empezaron a documentar m...

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.