The hiatus began in March, with Federer already sidelined since he was recuperating from knee surgery.
Sunday would have marked the first day of the French Open in its usual spot on the tennis calendar — in March, though, it was rescheduled for September — and another grand slam, Wimbledon in July, was called off.
“I am happy with my body now and I still believe that the return of the tour is a long way off,” continued the 38-year-old. “And I think it’s important mentally to enjoy this break, having played so much tennis.
“When I’m getting towards returning and have a goal to train for, I think I will be super motivated.”
“Most of the time when we are training, there is no one,” said the men’s record 20-time grand slam champion. “For us, of course, it is possible to play if there are no fans. But on the other hand, I really hope that the circuit can return as it normally is.
“And hold off till the time is appropriate, minimum a third of the stadium or half full. But, for me, completely empty when playing big tournaments is very difficult.”
Nadal, unlike Federer, has started practicing, though only very recently. The Spaniard would have been favored to win a 20th major and tie Federer had the French Open been played as usual given he has collected a record 12 titles at Roland Garros.
The next grand slam is scheduled to be late August’s US Open in New York, with organizers expected to announce in June if it will go ahead.