-After discussing with my staff, I decided to withdraw from the French Open. I have had two knee operations and rehabilitation for more than a year. I must obey my body. I am very happy to be behind me in three games because there is no better feeling than being back on the court. But it’s important to me not to overdo it prematurely-Roger Federer wrote in a statement on Sunday. As a result, he resigned from the further performance of the French Open this year. He will not participate in the fourth round match against Matteo Berrettini on Monday. Italy has reached the quarter-finals.
On Saturday Federer defeated German Dominique Kopfer 7, 6, 7, 7: 6, 7: 5 after three and a half hours. After the game, he immediately hinted that he might withdraw from the game. -I’m very happy, but I have to consider whether to continue game The risk is not too great for my knees-said the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Federer’s decision caused an uproar in the tennis world. Patrick McEnroe, a former tennis player, Grand Slam champion, American Davis Cup captain and today’s ESPN expert, told the New York Times: “I understand this, but I don’t like it. It’s not nice to quit the game halfway through. “.
-One thing is if you severely sprain your ankle and finish the game under the influence of adrenaline. These things happen. However, if you participate in a tournament and know that you may not be able to complete it, the situation is different. Roger cannot expect to participate in the French Open, and there will be no physical demands in the first three or four rounds. This is somewhat inevitable. Look, he is working hard to prepare for Wimbledon, and I think he has done it. Many people say this is Roger Federer. He can do whatever he wants. He deserves the right, I understand, but I still don’t like it, McEnroe added.
Federer has a lot of health problems lately. He took advantage of the epidemic when the game was interrupted and he was able to recover peacefully. In March, he played his first game in Doha after resting for more than a year. He defeated Dan Evans, but lost to Nicoloz Baslashvili in the second round. He played at home in Geneva in May, but was stopped by Pablo Andujar in the first leg.
In Paris, the Swiss defeated Dennis Istomin, Marina Cilic and Dominique Kopfer. A few months ago, he promised that although he was almost 40 years old (he celebrated his birthday on August 8), he did not want to end his career. The goal of this season is to become his beloved Wimbledon Tennis Open, which will start on June 28. The British media also emphasized this point and defended the Swiss. -He has not concealed that his top priority for 2021 is Wimbledon, which will begin soon-BBC writes.
Legendary Paul McNamee also criticized Federer. Former Australian tennis player, first in the doubles standings, five-time Grand Slam champion, two-time Davis Cup champion, after retiring, the director of the Australian Open and the creator of the Hopman Cup tweeted that there is There are rumors that the Swiss may retire Roland Garros: “You are not in a candy store. You can choose which competitions you want to participate in, because your behavior will affect others and the entire game.”
French Open radio reporter Marcus Buckland (formerly Sky Sports) commented: “I think Roger Federer scored an own goal for himself in the way he withdrew from the tournament. He could have done it by mentioning the injury when the game was approaching. Avoid negative reactions. Maybe he is too honest?” The pressure in front of Wimbledon will only increase.
-Roger Federer is a legend, but I don’t like his act of participating in a Grand Slam tournament, winning three games and thanking him. TVP Sport’s Maciej Łuczak said that it may have its own tactics and preparation plans, but this attitude does not have much in common with sports.
Chris Evert, the 18-time Grand Slam champion, defends Federer. “I think Roger is free to do whatever he wants,” Evert told Eurosport. -He has completed his duties. He is 39 years old this year. His goal is Wimbledon on the grass. This is his dream tournament with a short exchange time. I think his arrival in Roland Garros’s second week surprised me. He sees these games as a kind of training, but at the age of 39, his body wears out faster. Especially since he didn’t play for a long time. I support him 100% and his resignation should not be a blow to the Paris game-Evert added.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, the fifth Greek in the world, said he was “surprised” by Federer’s decision. The runner-up Russian Danny Medvedev believes that the Swiss should not be criticized. -I think this is a difficult topic. Copfer, who has lost a fierce duel, may suddenly appear and say: “Well, if I were Federer, maybe I could still participate in the next game.” At the same time, tennis is cruel. Medvedev said that if Copfer wants to enter the next round, he must beat Roger.
-Roger is 39 years old. Maybe he worked with his physical therapist after the game and he felt pain in his knee. I don’t understand why he was criticized-the Russian tennis player added.
After resting for more than ten months, it was very risky to play a lot of four hours in a row in his third game, so it makes sense for me to react based on your physical feelings, game time, etc. A wise decision on his part, he wrote about Andy Murray’s decision on Federer on Twitter.