US Open officials plan to announce next week whether their tournament can be played. But concerns about the pandemic and the ability of players to travel abroad could still force the cancellation of the US Open and the French Open.
As players and officials weigh the pros and cons of resuming play, Federer will observe (and re-educate) from afar, along with his wife, Mirka, and four children.
In a grueling individual sport, he was a remarkably enduring champion. He did not suffer a significant injury until 2016, when he had to undergo surgery on his left knee, which earned him a six-month break from the game.
Upon his return in 2017, he won the Australian Open and Wimbledon and again won the Australian Open in 2018 before regaining the No. 1 ranking at age 36, which makes him the man the oldest to reach the first place.
“Now, just like I did before the 2017 season, I plan to take the time to be 100% ready to play at my highest level,” Federer said in his statement.
He is still ranked # 4 despite only playing six official games and one tour event in 2020. These are his lowest totals in any season since joining the tour full time in 1999.
But it’s been a season unlike any other, and it’s unclear how much Federer tennis will end up missing.