Roger Federer is ahead of schedule in his recovery following arthroscopic knee surgery to repair his meniscus. The Swiss maestro will return earlier than expected, entering the Miami Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, next week.
The 17-time grand slam champion skipped tournaments in Rotterdam, Dubai, and Indian Wells. When announcing his withdrawal from the BNP Paribas Open, he stated that he would return to the ATP World Tour at the Monte Carlo tournament in April.
Since late February, Federer has shared a few social updates of his practices and training. The 34-year-old Swiss first started his comeback preparations indoors in Switzerland, followed by a series of outdoor hard court sessions in Dubai. Federer posted an emoji-filled tweet Thursday morning signaling his entry to the Miami Open.
Federer’s agent Tony Godsick, confirmed the 2005 and 2006 champion is headed to Miami and plans to play the tournament, which begins March 22.
“Roger’s very excited to return to Miami. He’s always enjoyed playing the tournament, and he looks forward to getting back out on the court after his knee surgery. He’s been practicing very well the last few days with no setbacks so he’s looking forward to seeing the fans in Miami next week.”
Miami Open tournament director Adam Barrett was behind excited on the surprisingly great news. “We are thrilled Roger is making his return to tennis here in Miami. Our fans will be ecstatic to see the 17-time Grand Slam and two-time Miami Open champion in person.”
Federer skipped Miami in 2013 and 2015, but played the then named Sony Open, in 2014.