Roger Federer is pulling out this month from Miami Open so he can invest additional energy and time planning to "pave his way back out on a tour," his representative disclosed to The Associated Press on Monday.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner has not played in over a year, after subsequently having two medical procedures on his right knee during last season.
Federer, who turns 40 in August, is booked to make his comeback for the tour that is going to happen one week from now in a hard-court competition at Doha, Qatar. He posted a photograph of himself on his Twitter handle this last Friday with the intriguing caption: "The countdown to Doha starts."
That will be his first match after he victoriously reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open in February 2020.
So far, he is scheduled to take part in the hard-court competition in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates that is going to start on March 14 this year.
A great player Roger Federer likewise had been on the entry list for the Masters 1000 stop in Miami, the sport is scheduled to happen on March 24.
However, his representative, Tony Godsick, composed an email on Monday to the AP stating that Federer won't play there.
Godsick further penned "After Doha and perhaps Dubai, (Federer) will return and will indulge in a training to gradually work his way back out on tour".
Miami Open competition chief James Blake said he trusts Federer will return in 2021 event he has won multiple times, mentioning his two years ago fantastic performance.
Blake said "We surely would have adored Roger to get back to Miami to safeguard his title. But, as a previous player, I comprehend that you need to customize your tour and playing timetable to appropriately work your way back to 100% wellness when falling off a physical issue'’. Roger is an unbelievable envoy for the game.
Federer defeated John Isner 6-1, 6-4 in the last to win with the Miami Open in 2019. The most expected tournament was cancelled a year ago when the expert tennis tours got paused, for a while as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federer is right now at No. 5 positions in the ATP rankings. He has gone through 310 weeks in total at No. 1 position, an ATP record tied by Novak Djokovic on Monday.
Federer's count of 103 tour-level titles is the second most in the proficient time of men's tennis, following Jimmy Connors, who won 109 tour-level titles.