Federer out of Miami Open; will train to 'work his way back'
The tournament was one of dozens that were called off last year when the professional tennis tours went on hiatus for several months because of the coronavirus pandemic.Federer also won trophies at the hard-court event in 2005, 2006 and 2017.He is currently No. 5 in the ATP rankings.PTI | Miami | Updated: 02-03-2021 09:49 IST | Created: 02-03-2021 09:39 IST
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not competed in more than a year after having two operations on his right knee during last season.
Federer, who turns 40 in August, is scheduled to make his return to the tour next week in a hard-court tournament at Doha, Qatar. He posted a photo of himself on Twitter last Friday with the caption: "The countdown to Doha begins." That will be his first event since he reached the semifinals at the Australian Open in February 2020.
Federer also had been on the entry list for the Masters 1000 stop in Miami, where play starts on March 24.
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 said. "Roger is an incredible ambassador for the sport, so the longer he can play on tour, the better it is for all of tennis." Federer beat John Isner 6-1, 6-4 in 2019 final to win the Miami Open the last time it was held. The tournament was one of the dozens that were called off last year when the professional tennis tours went on hiatus for several months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Federer also won trophies at the hard-court event in 2005, 2006, and 2017.
He is currently No. 5 in the ATP rankings. He has spent 310 weeks total at No. 1, an ATP record tied by Novak Djokovic on Monday.
Federer's 103 tour-level titles are the second-most in the professional era of men's tennis, trailing only Jimmy Connors, who won 109.
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