0428 GMT January 19, 2020
The former world number one suffered a knee injury after the Australian Open, which necessitated surgery. He is now undergoing rehab and planning his on-court comeback — but it will not be as soon as he hoped, eurosport.com reported.
Federer posted on Facebook, “The rehab for my knee is going really well! I have now had a lot of great practices on the court and in the gym.
“As it is a long year, I don’t want to push it too hard and come back too soon. Thus, I will unfortunately not be able to make it back in time for the great event in Indian Wells but I do plan on playing in the desert next year.
“After consultation with my team, I have decided to enter the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Thanks for the support and I will see you back on tour soon.”