Roger Federer now says he won’t play in next year’s Australian Open

A scan of Roger Federer’s body has confirmed that he will not play at the Australian Open, the Swiss great’s spokesman said on Friday, as he continued to recover from a knee injury that has caused him problems for a number of years.

Federer has not played since he lost to Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon quarter-finals and has been preparing with his team in Switzerland. A scan has revealed a tear in his left knee, and there is still no firm prognosis on when the 36-year-old will resume play.

Swiss newspaper 24 Heures reported on Friday that Federer could be sidelined for three months and retire from the sport before 2017 comes to a close.

However, Federer’s spokesman told the Associated Press that the scan has confirmed that the defending champion “will not play in the Australian Open in January.”

When asked if that meant he would miss the tournament in Melbourne, Federer spokesman Sabine Koller said: “Yes.”

Federer, the winner of 20 grand slam titles, has also been nominated for this year’s MusiCares Person of the Year award, which will be presented in a gala in Los Angeles next month. He has suffered knee problems over the years but this is his first serious injury since he returned from a five-month layoff to recover from a knee injury at the start of 2016.

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