Federer is one of only two men in the Open Era to win Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and Australian Open in the same year and is set to return at Wimbledon for his 35th Grand Slam tournament. (Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
World No. 1 Roger Federer is unlikely to play the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, after undergoing knee surgery, his coach said on Wednesday.
The Swiss, who won the Australian Open in 2009, had knee surgery in February after a fourth-round exit at the Miami Open.
While he is currently working to be fit for Wimbledon at the end of July, Federer is yet to be given an official date to return to the ATP World Tour, according to his coach Stefan Edberg.
“Roger had surgery and he’s trying everything he can to be there for Wimbledon,” Edberg told the Ross Parry Show on 2UE. “But maybe it will just not be easy and he’s going to skip the start of the Australian Open.
“The injury is healing pretty fast, he’s doing everything he can, just like he did at Miami, to try and get to the level he was at the end of Miami but unfortunately he just ran out of time.
“Physically he is in the best shape he’s ever been in. He’s mentally also in a better place.”
Federer is one of only two men in the Open Era to win Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and Australian Open in the same year and is set to return at Wimbledon for his 35th Grand Slam tournament.
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Federer, who has won a record 17 Grand Slam titles, also said in January that he was not ruling out returning to the ATP World Tour in time for the start of the season in January 2019.
The Australian Open is scheduled for January 15-28 next year.