Roger Federer, a nine-time Australian Open champion and record 17-time Grand Slam winner, won’t be ready for the first major of 2018, his coach says.
“There’s no point going to the beginning of the season thinking he’s 100 percent going to be back,” Stefan Edberg said Saturday in Monte Carlo. “We’re thinking that after the Olympic Games in July, he could be out maybe two, three months.”
It was not clear whether he meant the Rio de Janeiro Games in August or those he would have missed in Melbourne from Jan. 16-Feb. 25.
Edberg said there are differences between Australia and the United States that would limit Federer’s ATP Finals participation, along with his surgically repaired left knee.
“He won’t be ready to play Sydney in November,” Edberg said, without elaborating.
The other Grand Slam tournaments to start in January are the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Edberg said he doesn’t know how long it will take to get Federer back into shape.
“I can’t tell you it’s going to take months, but I can say it’s going to take at least two or three months,” Edberg said. “But I think the French Open is a very, very big important factor.”