Federer plans April return

ZURICH • World No. 3 Roger Federer has delayed his ATP World Tour return by a month and plans to make his comeback from knee surgery at the Monte Carlo Masters in April.

The 17-time Major champion had initially intended to return next month at the elite Indian Wells Masters in California.

In a Facebook post on Friday, the 34-year-old wrote: "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.

"I will unfortunately not be able to make it 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."

The Swiss had arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this month to repair a torn meniscus, having suffered the injury the day after his Australian Open run ended.

He withdrew from the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with the intention of returning for the March 10-20 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on hard courts. But Federer has now set his sights on the clay surface of Monte Carlo for the April 10-17 ATP World Tour Masters.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 28, 2016, with the headline 'Federer plans April return'. Print Edition | Subscribe