Roger Federer Will Miss The Australian Open For First Time In Career
by Staff | December 27th, 2020, 8:06 pm

Roger Federer hinted weeks ago that he might not be ready for an already-delayed Melbourne. Now it’s official.

Federer’s longtime agent, Tony Godsick, confirmed today that the 6-time champion will not play the Australian Open which is set to begin a month later on February 8. It’s the first time this century Federer will not play Melbourne after 21 straight appearances.

In a statement to the AP, here’s what Godsick said:

“Roger has decided not to play the 2021 Australian Open. He has made strong progress in the last couple of months with his knee and his fitness. However, after consultation with his team, he decided that the best decision for him in the long run is to return to competitive tennis after the Australian Open.

“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.”

Federer last played on the tour in Australia where he fell to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

He underwent two surgeries on his right knee which kept him from playing the restart.

Federer and Nadal are currently locked at 20 Grand Slams. With Federer missing a chance in Melbourne, odds are strong Nadal will pass the Swiss after the French.

Federer turns 40 in August. He last missed the Australian Open in 1999.

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9 Comments for Roger Federer Will Miss The Australian Open For First Time In Career

Madmax Says:

Hi T X’rs,

I don’t think this comes as a massive surprise.

I expect Roger will aim for Wimbledon, and build up to that.

Glad that he has now put this to bed, and we can stop hypothesising. We now have concrete information and hopefully Roger can continue at least, until the end of 2021, if not longer.

Jatin, are you still posting?

Love him and miss him already.

jatin Says:

Hiiiiiii Madmax ,
Glad to see you after a long time.
I sometimes visit here but only prefer to post during the big tournaments haha.
Hope everything is well and you are doing fine and healthy.

I am actually glad to see Fed skipping the Aus open. This means he is very dedicated to his fitness and getting better and he is thinking about long term health. I think he is aiming for another 2-3 years. Its not like he does not know how retirement life is going to be as he is already out of tour for 1 year now. He said he really enjoyed it a lot but really wants to come again on the tour.
I don’t think he is going anytime soon and with the way he plays and his game he doesn’t need to play many tournaments either. He can just play one warm up and one slam and he will be fine with his incredibly adaptive game.

I think he will be aiming for wimbledon and olympic games this year and its understandable. He will obviously be a 2nd favourite in wimby again and who knows what would happen over there. Very very few players can trouble him at that court even now.

I am excited to see him back again. I watched a lot of tennis last year without him and really enjoyed Dominic thiem in both Us open and WTF and the way he played Rafa and Novak there and even medvedev who was good to watch.

But I miss that majestic Fed tennis for sure.

Madmax Says:

Hi Jatin!

I am still here, tending to read posts a lot more now, with Fed being off tour, but still interested of course in tennis and what’s happening.

Absolutely agree with all that you say, about Fed and Wimby. I truly hope that come Spring time, all are happy and healthy here on this site and we can once again enjoy our favourite sport, physically, rather than virtually.

Take care Jatin!

J-Kath Says:

Hi Guys: Don’t think Wimbledon will take place as normal this year. Yes, the 4 nations of the UK have started to vaccinate – but it has a long way to go – as two jags are recommended to reach every citizen to ensure maximum protection. Yes, they can hold it but it would be with a skeleton audience…..I suppose virtually is better than nothing.

chrisford1 Says:

If Wimbledon bows out again and refuses to have it’s “major” while the other 3 are played, it is time to consider an “alternate” Wimbledon site.
I nominate Indian Wells.

j-kath Says:

Re. Andy Murray – he has contracted the Virus/C-19. Yes, Novak and others caught it and recovered – but their general health was much stronger than Andy’s – fingers crossed that he recovers quickly.

Andy Mira Says:

JK….Sorry to hear bout Andy…I’m not sure what the outcome from this,..just wanna wish him all the best in the world!

P/S.,.Looking forward to c u play in Melbourne Andy!..C’mon’!!

J-Kath Says:

Hi Andy Mira – pleased to see U back. I think Andy should try 3-setters first – 5-setters are probably too soon for him.

Keep well. Keep safe.

Andy Mira Says:

Hey back JK!…Hehe..pleased to c u too!…Hope u’re ok over there!

And yeah!…i agree with your assessment that Andy should try 3 setter first…its been a long time since he play majors..and the long lay off certainly wouldn’t help him either..but…yeah!…

U know,i’ve longed to c him change his approach on court after he came back from hip surgery…more aggressive game style to cover the fragility of his hip/age..less rally means less stress to hip..bigger chances of winning matches esp when he has to face more younger players who has endless stamina/energy…but of coz,he’s entitled to do what he wants!hehe

Nice chatting with u JK!..Hope u will have a wonderful day!👋👍

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