Federer to return from surgery at next week's Miami Open

Roger Federer is to make an earlier than expected return from knee surgery at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne next week.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion had arthroscopic surgery on February 3 to repair a meniscus he tore the day after his Australian Open semifinal defeat to Novak Djokovic. He skipped tournaments at Rotterdam, Dubai, and Indian Wells. He had hinted he would return to the tour at the Monte Carlo tournament in April.

But he decided to get back to action in Key Biscayne. Federer posted an emoji-filled Tweet on Thursday morning that included an airplane, American flag, orange, sun, palm tree, dolphin, beach, sunglasses, tennis ball, thumbs up and @MiamiOpen.

His agent, Tony Godsick, confirmed that Federer is headed to South Florida and plans to play the tournament, which runs March 23 through April 3.

“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.”

“We are thrilled Roger is making his return to tennis here in Miami,” tournament director Adam Barrett said in a released statement. “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 here in 2014.

Date: 17 March 2016, Source: Miami Herald


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