Former world number 1 Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Australian Open, which he will miss for the first time in his career as he must continue his recovery after two knee operations, announced on Monday (December 28th). tournament organizers.
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Roger Federer, who will be 40 years old on August 8, had ceased all sporting activity since February, but had resumed his training recently and was on the list of participants in the first round of the Grand Slam 2021, which begins on February 8.
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“Finally, Roger did not have time to prepare for the rigors of a Grand Slam and he is very disappointed not to be able to come to Melbourne in 2021”tournament boss Craig Tiley said. “We wish him the best as he prepares for his comeback later in the year and look forward to seeing him in Melbourne in 2022”, he continued.
The “priority will be summer, with Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open”
His health concerns had even prompted Federer to consider the end of his career. “Retirement time is approaching and I know I will miss the circuit. It would have been easy to retire now, but I want to give myself a chance to still enjoy tennis ”, declared the Swiss in July in the German press, shortly after undergoing – in full suspension of the circuit because of Covid-19 – a second arthroscopy of the right knee in four months and ended his season.
And in mid-December, he admitted to not being sure to participate in the Australian Open. “It’s a race against time. Of course, it would help if I had a little more time. But it will play out very little ”, he said at an award ceremony in Switzerland. For the Balois, the “Priority, it will be summer, with Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open”.
Only one major final since his record 20th title
Top 100 veteran, still 5e world, holds the majority of records in its sport. He won everything… except the Olympic gold in singles (he won gold in doubles with Stan Wawrinka in Beijing in 2008 and silver in singles in London in 2012).
But since his 20e A record Grand Slam title, in Australia at the start of 2018, he only played one major final, in 2019 in his garden at Wimbledon, where he had two match points against Novak Djokovic before losing.