Just When Will Federer Return To The ATP Tour?

WASHINGTON, December 29, 2020 (by Michael Dickens)

Roger Federer hasn’t played a match since losing in the semifinals of the 2020 Australian Open. Now, with the news that the 20-time Grand Slam champion will miss the upcoming 2021 edition of the“Happy Slam,” fans will have to wait a little bit longer for Federer’s return.

“Roger has made strong progress in the last months with his knee and his fitness,”Federer’s agent, Tony Godsick, told TheAssociated Press on Sunday. “However, he decided that the best thing for him in the long run is to return to competitive tennis after the AO.”

On Monday, Tennis Australia chief executive and Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement: “In the end Roger ran out of time to get himself ready for the rigors of a Grand Slam and he’s very disappointed he won’t be coming to Melbourne in 2021.

“The Australian Open has always held a special place in his heart – remember it was Roger who first called the AO the ‘happy slam.’

“We wish him all the best as he prepares for his comeback later in the year and look forward to seeing him in Melbourne in 2022.”

Just exactly when the Swiss maestro returns to the ATP Tour isn’t known. However, one good (and sensible) guess could be Dubai. After all, a move to March following the Australian Open seems likely for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, an ATP 500 event that Federer has won eight times. Plus, Dubai is where Federer maintains an off-season residence, and it’s where he has been most recently working out. Stay tuned.

Australian Hon to miss AO for first time since 2014

Suárez Navarro hopes to return later this year

Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro, who has been receiving treatments for Hodgkin lymphoma, told Mundo Deportivo over the weekend she wants to play again before she retires for good: “I would like to play another Grand Slam, obviously in the second half of the season. And I’ll see if I can qualify for the Olympic Games. I would like to be in Tokyo. I also want to play part of the American tour, and that’s it. My dream is to play three or more tournaments.”

Pouille to skip Australian Open …

… Nishikori to miss Delray Beach Open

Positive thoughts from Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic may have retired much too soon, but the former World No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion from Serbia  is active on social media. On Monday, she shared some positive thoughts for everyone to take into 2021.

Happy 60th birthday, John Fitzgerald

Happy 48th birthday, Patrick Rafter

Happy 41st birthday, James Blake

What they’re saying

What they’re podcasting

The Match Point Canada Podcastis joined by ATP Comeback Player of the Year Vasek Pospisil to discuss his season. The year in review and a look at the 2021 calendar are also discussed.

What they’re sharing on social media

Sofia Kenin / Happy holidays