Roger Federer insists he plans to play “for another few years” despite announcing he’ll sit out the rest of the tennis season, including the Rio Olympics and US Open, to protect his surgically repaired left knee.
Federer wrote on his Facebook page that he needs more extensive rehabilitation following the knee surgery, he had in February, following the Australian Open.
“I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017,” he added.
“This experience has made me realize how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries,” he said.
The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury-free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover,” Federer said.
The owner of a record 17 men’s grand slam singles titles, Federer will turn 35 next month and he has not won a grand slam in the past four years.