Realizing the worst fears of tennis fans across the world,Roger Federer has decided to withdraw from the Australian Open 2021.
Federer, by his own confession, seemed to have been in a race against time to get fit for the opening slam of 2021 and with neither age nor the situation in his favour, the maestro has decided to further postpone, his already pretty lengthy break.
This leaves Nadal with a clear chance to earn his 21st slam and take over his longtime rival,Federer.If only Rafa can stop Djokovic.
Federer to be back in February
Tony Godsick — Federer’s longtime representative and CEO of their management company, TEAM8 — said he is working on putting together a 2021 tennis calendar for the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who plans to get back on tour soon after the year’s first major tennis tournament.
“Roger has decided not to play the 2021 Australian Open. He has made strong progress in the last couple of months with his knee and his fitness. However, after consultation with his team, he decided that the best decision for him in the long run is to return to competitive tennis after the Australian Open,” Godsick said in a statement released to the AP.
“I will start discussions this coming week for tournaments that begin in late February and then start to build a schedule for the rest of the year,” Godsick added.
This will be the first time since his debut in 2000,that Federer will have to miss the Australian Open, a tournament he has won six times.
Andy Murray to be back on the court-
While Federer’s withdrawal will be a blow to the event, there will still be a full roster of top players present at Melbourne Park. This includes defending champion Novak Djokovic – who is vying for a record-extending 9th title at the event and Serena Williams – who is looking to achieve legendary status by equalling Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slams.
And in the biggest news of all, as Roger Federer closes a chapter on a historic partnership with the Australian Open, another former great will hope to make this the start of his return to the highest levels of the sport.
Andy Murray,who has been struggling to return to tennis elites lately,has been awarded a wild card entry to the coveted tournamnet and would surely add some more class to an already very high quality field.