Roger Federer out for rest of 2020 after injury setback

A setback during his recovery from knee surgery will sideline Roger Federer for the rest of 2020.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in February. On Wednesday, the 38-year-old Swiss star posted on Twitter that he underwent an additional procedure that will delay his return until 2021.

“Now, much like I did leading up to the 2017 season, I plan to take the necessary time to be 100% ready to play at my highest level,” Federer wrote. “I will be missing my fans and the tour dearly, but I will look forward to seeing everyone on tour at the start of the 2021 season.”

Roger Federer
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Federer missed part of the 2016 season, including the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the U.S. Open, while recuperating from an injured left knee. He returned to win the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017. He added his 20th Grand Slam singles title at the 2018 Australian Open.

The ATP Tour has been on hold since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the French Open pushed back to September and Wimbledon canceled for the first time since World War II.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)