Roger Federer confirms return at Hopman Cup

Federer decided to miss the Rio Olympic Games in August and the rest of the season as he was advised to take rest and recover from the knee surgery he had in February.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer is currently ranked 16th in the world.   -  Getty Images

Roger Federer confirmed his return at the Hopman Cup next year ahead of the Australian Open. The 17-time Grand Slam winner has not been in action since July 8, after losing to Milos Raonic in the semifinals of Wilmbledon.

Federer decided to miss the Rio Olympic Games in August and the rest of the season as he was advised to take rest and recover from the knee surgery he had in February.

 

"The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury-free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover," he had posted on his Facebook page.

On Monday, Federer took to Twitter and revealed about his plans. He wrote, "I'll broadcast my practice LIVE on Twitter & Periscope. (sic)"

"I missed seeing you all in the second half of 2016. But hopefully you can join one of my last practices in 2016 LIVE before 2017 kicks off!"

The former World No. 1, who is currently ranked 16, played only seven tournaments in 2016.

The Hopman Cup will be held at the Perth Arena from January 1 to 7. Federer will be accompanied by Belinda Bencic in the Switzerland team. Switzerland is placed in Group A with France, Germany and Great Britain. In its first match, Switzerland will be up against Great Britain on January 2.