Roger Federer smiles Australian Open 2020

‘Roger Federer will be there!’ – Coach issues injury update and confirms Australian Open comeback plan

Roger Federer will be back in action in Australia in January says his coach Severin Luthi – assuming that the tournaments in the county go ahead.

Federer has not played a competitive match since the Australian Open semi-final this year having undergone double knee-surgery.

Despite admitting to briefly considering retiring this summer, he has vowed to return in 2021, starting with potentially the ATP Cup and Australian Open – coronavirus permitting.

“The longer we wait, the more we know,” Luthi told Blick. “If something is going on in Australia, Roger will be there – that’s the plan.

“So far, everything has been going according to plan and satisfactorily.

“Roger is not stressed yet. Tennis is only gradually becoming more important. It is important that the trainers communicate well with one another.

“Roger is back on the court every now and then. But the first phase of the tournament is still a long way off.

“Our motto is: Don’t rush things at his age!”

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.