Roger Federer’s continued absence from the ATP tour has resulted in the Swiss legend losing his official ranking for the first time in 25 years.
When the ATP updated its standings on Monday, Federer was left with zero rankings points because he hasn’t played since losing in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2021.
But with his result from Wimbledon last year no longer counting towards his ranking, he has been left with zero points and no official rank.
The 40-year-old had appeared in the singles rankings every week since he made his debut at age 16 in September of 1997.
He previously held the record for most time at World No.1 until Novak Djokovic recently broke it.
Shortly after his loss at Wimbledon last year, Federer had a third operation on his right knee in a span of about 18 months.
He has slowly been working his way back to full fitness and intends to play at the Laver Cup in September before returning to the ATP tour in Basel in October in front of his home fans.
During an appearance at Wimbledon last weekend he also announced that he hopes he can play one final time at the grass-court grand slam next year.
“I hope I can come back one more time. I’ve missed it here,” he said.
“Of course I’ve missed being here. I would have loved to be here. I knew walking out here last year, it was going to be a tough year ahead.
“Maybe didn’t think it was going to take me this long to come back. But the knee has been rough on me.
“I didn’t know if I should make the trip, but I’m happy standing right here, right now.”
Nevertheless, fans were gutted to learn that Federer had lost his official ranking on Monday.