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Roger Federer announced that he will be withdrawing from the French Open after citing an incomplete recovery process from knee surgeries.
“I’m just realistic and I know I will not win the French, and whoever thought I would or could win it is wrong,” said Federer during his official announcement regarding the withdraw.
With a gradual decline in health, Roger had the option of riding the French Open out or preparing for Wimbledon, and he chose the latter.
Federer’s most recent knee procedure happened on February 2020, and at the time, some began to whisper about when the all-time tennis great would call it a career. While his recent announcement did not hint at retirement, Federer has not been shy about the feedback that his body has been giving him.
“After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation, it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery,” Federer stated.
French Open director Guy Forget commented on Federer’s decision and expressed enthusiasm about seeing the champ come back for another tournament.
“The Roland Garros tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last night … We were all delighted to see Roger back in Paris, where he played three high-level matches. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”
As is customary for all headlines in the world of tennis, Patrick and John McEnroe reacted to Federer’s withdrawal with some thoughts of their own.
In an interview with Christopher Clarey, Pat considered the move to reflect negatively on the sport. He understood that the move was made in preparation for Wimbledon but said it was “not a great look.”
John McEnroe reacted to the news on NBC: “Perhaps Roger might have done the magnanimous thing and defaulted match point up (against Koepfer) … but that’s easy for me to say from Malibu.”
Eighth-seeded Federer will therefore grant victory to upcoming opponent Matteo Berrettini (9) via walkover in the quarterfinals of the French Open. Federer’s withdrawal from Monday’s match will be his first career loss via walkout.
The famed tennis star will now focus on getting his health up to par, with Wimbledon only weeks away. The 2021 Wimbledon Championships is scheduled to begin June 28 and conclude on July 11.
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When the man says that he knows he cannot win it is time to retire. I have never seen Fed speak like this ever. Granted, we all expected him to not win (Nadal will win). To hear him actually say it is disappointing.