As his rehab from knee surgery continues, Roger Federer officially withdrew from the Indian Wells event and took himself out of any Miami wildcard possibility, he announced today.
Federer did add that he well return in mid-April at Monte Carlo.
“The Rehab for my knee is going really well!” Federer posted on Facebook. “I have now had a lot of great practices on the court and in the gym. As it is a long year, I don’t want to push it too hard and come back too soon. Thus, I will unfortunately not be able to make it back in time for the great event in Indian Wells but I do plan on playing in the desert next year.
“After consultation with my team, I have decided to enter the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Thanks for the support and I will see you back on tour soon.”
Federer made the Indian Wells final last year losing to Novak Djokovic. This will be the first time Federer, a 4-time champion, will miss Indian Wells this century. He didn’t play in 1999.
Monte Carlo begins on April 10.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) February 26, 2016
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