News broke yesterday that Roger Federer had withdrawn from both Toronto and Cincinnati due to an ongoing knee problem.
The announcement didn't come as a huge surprise to many, given that the Swiss had never confirmed his participation in either tournament, he was simply on the entry list due to his ranking and the events mandatory status in the calendar.
It does however raise the question of whether Federer will play again in 2021?
Where Will Federer Play Next?
Since his loss to Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, Federer promptly withdrew from the Olympics and since then there's been little news on what his schedule is for the rest of the year.
Because Federer had never confirmed his participation at the Rogers Cup or Western and Southern Open, a statement via his social media wasn't made.
That means other than the setback with the knee that he cited when he announced he would not be in Tokyo, there is no further update on his status.
So how far off a comeback is the 20 time Grand Slam Champion?
Post-Wimbledon, Federer holidayed in Croatia, visiting the Ivan Ljubicic tennis academy on the Croatian Island of Lošinj where he took part in some light drills with his daughters and Thierry Henry.
For fans, it's positive to see Fed on the court with a racquet in his hand, but can he practice any harder than this or is more rehab required?
Based on the timings and the lack of news, I think the US Open is a bridge too far, but the Laver Cup seems a possibility given the easier schedule and the option of doubles which is lighter on the body.
Should he play in Boston, it's then a case of seeing whether he fancies a pop at the indoor swing. There's no Basel but there are still several indoor events in Europe such as Antwerp, Vienna, Moscow and Paris.
When do you guys think Federer will next play? Will it be in 2021 or will he try again in 2022 before hanging up the racquet?