Roger Federer has officially withdrawn from this year’s French Open in order to concentrate his efforts on winning a ninth Wimbledon title later this summer.
Federer, who turns 40 later this year, took to social media on Sunday evening to officially announce his decision.
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam title winner, was due back on the court on Monday to tackle Matteo Berrettini for a place in the quarter-finals.
However, having undergone two knee surgeries in 2020, the Swiss star stressed that there were doubts over whether he’d make it.
Federer said in a statement: “After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of Roland Garros today.”
“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. I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on the court.”
Tournament director Guy Forget said: “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.”
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Andy Murray backs Roger Federer’s to pull out of French Open
I’m Feds biggest fan, bigger than yours @andy_murray, but I have to admit there is something distasteful about “using” the French Open to get fit. Seems disrespectful to other players in the draw.— WestWalesEd (@WestWalesEd) June 6, 2021
Id argue that it’s quite risky to play multiple 4hr matches in a row in your 2nd tournaments back in 18 months so to me it makes sense to be reactive based on how your body feels, length of matches etc. Sensible decision from him— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) June 6, 2021