Federer Out For Remainder Of 2016
Swiss star eager to return in January 2017
Roger Federer has announced that he will sit out the remainder of the 2016 ATP World Tour season as he continues rehabbing from knee surgery in February. The World No. 3 made the announcement on Tuesday via his Facebook page.
“Considering all options after consulting with my doctors and my team, I have made the very difficult decision to call an end to my 2016 season as I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year,” wrote Federer. “The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover.”
Federer thanked his fans for their support and added that he is “as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017.”
The announcement means that Federer will not defend his titles in Cincinnati or Basel. The five-time US Open champion will not appear in the final Grand Slam of the year for the first time in his professional career.
Federer was also forced to sit out Roland Garros this year due to ongoing rehab following the knee surgery, breaking a record of 65 consecutive Grand Slam appearances dating back to the 2000 Australian Open.
The Swiss star finishes 2016 with a 21-7 record, which includes finishing as runner-up in Brisbane and posting semi-final showings at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. This marks the first year since 2001 that Federer has not won an ATP World Tour title.