Federer out of Miami Open; will train to ‘work his way back’

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Roger Federer is withdrawing from this month’s Miami Open so he can spend additional time making ready to “work his way back out on tour,” his agent advised The Associated Press on Monday.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not competed in additional than a yr after having two operations on his proper knee throughout final season.

Federer, who turns 40 in August, is scheduled to make his return to the tour subsequent week in a hard-court match at Doha, Qatar. He posted a photograph of himself on Twitter final Friday with the caption: “The countdown to Doha begins.”

That will be his first occasion since he reached the semifinals on the Australian Open in February 2020.

As of now, he is also slated to take part within the hard-court match at Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that begins March 14.

Federer additionally had been on the entry record for the Masters 1000 cease in Miami, the place play begins on March 24.

But his agent, Tony Godsick, wrote Monday in an e mail to the AP that Federer will not play there.

“After Doha and maybe Dubai, (Federer) will go back and do a training block to continue to slowly work his way back out on tour,” Godsick wrote.

Miami Open match director James Blake stated he hopes Federer will return in 2021 to an occasion he has gained 4 instances, together with two years in the past.

“We certainly would have loved Roger to return to Miami to defend his title. However, as a former player, I understand that you need to tailor your travel and playing schedule to properly work your way back to 100 percent fitness when coming off an injury,” Blake stated. “Roger is an incredible ambassador for the sport, so the longer he is able to play on tour, the better it is for all of tennis.”

Federer beat John Isner 6-1, 6-4 within the 2019 ultimate to win the Miami Open the final time it was held. The match was one of dozens that had been referred to as off final yr when the skilled tennis excursions went on hiatus for a number of months as a result of of the coronavirus pandemic.

Federer additionally gained trophies on the hard-court occasion in 2005, 2006 and 2017.

He is presently No. 5 within the ATP rankings. He has spent 310 weeks whole at No. 1, an ATP file tied by Novak Djokovic on Monday.

Federer’s 103 tour-level titles are the second-most within the skilled period of males’s tennis, trailing solely Jimmy Connors, who gained 109.

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