Roger Federer won’t play in 2020 after knee surgery

By Christopher Clarey

As the tennis world debates when it will be safe to resume official competition, Roger Federer has made it clear he will not return to the courts in 2020.

On Wednesday, he announced that he recently had a second operation on his right knee and that he would not play again this year. Federer, 38, first had surgery on the knee in February, shortly after reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open and playing an exhibition match with Rafael Nadal in Cape Town, South Africa.

“A few weeks ago, having experienced a setback during my initial rehabilitation, I had to have an additional quick arthroscopic procedure,” Federer said on social media. “I will be missing my fans and the tour dearly, but I will look forward to seeing everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season.”

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