Swiss tennis nice Roger Federer has pulled out of the 2021 French Open. He confirmed his choice on Sunday.
Federer took to his official Twitter account to announce that he has withdrawn from the event to “be sure I do not push myself too rapidly on the street to restoration.”
“After two knee surgical procedures and over a yr of rehabilitation it’s essential that I take heed to my physique and ensure I don’t push myself too rapidly on my street to restoration,” the 20-time Grand Slam champion stated in an announcement launched by the French tennis federation.
“I’m thrilled to have gotten three matches underneath my belt. There isn’t a higher feeling than being again on courtroom.”
Federer, who turns 40 on Aug. Eight, was competing in his first main event because the 2020 Australian Open. Shortly after that occasion, he had the primary of a pair of operations on his proper knee.
He had performed simply three matches this season earlier than arriving in Paris for the clay-court Slam, which he gained in 2009.
Federer had made clear final month that he didn’t see himself as able to contend for the French Open title this time and as a substitute had his sights on Wimbledon, the grass-court main he has gained a males’s-record eight occasions. Play begins on the All England Membership on June 28.
Federer edged 59th-ranked Dominik Koepfer 7-6 (5), 6-7 (three), 7-6 (four), 7-5 within the third spherical, a match that started Saturday evening and ended as 1 a.m. approached Sunday.
The No. Eight-seeded Federer was presupposed to play No. 9 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy within the fourth spherical on Monday.
The winner of the match will face both No. 1 Novak Djokovic or unseeded Lorenzo Musetti within the quarterfinals.
“The Roland Garros event is sorry in regards to the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an unbelievable combat final evening,” event director Man Neglect stated in an announcement. “We had been all delighted to see Roger again in Paris, the place he performed three high-level matches. We want him all the perfect for the remainder of the season.”