Every fan is desperate for the Australian Open 2021 for one reason only. It is believed that the great Roger Federer will be back on the field after a year at Grand Slam. The excitement in the tennis world is at an all-time high and they want to welcome the Swiss master with open hands.
Roger Federer suffered a knee injury at the Australian Open last year. The semi-final match against Novak Djokovic was the last professional tennis match he had ever played. Then he underwent two knee operations during the long period of rest due to the Coronavirus epidemic. The injury did not allow the legend to go out on the field all season.
However, just a month after the Australian Open 2021, Roger Federer delivered some unfortunate news. The winner of the 20 Grand Slam decided to withdraw from the Grand Slam. It is definitely a heartbreaking moment for fans. However, they do realize Roger Federer may be back soon.
Why is Roger Federer not playing the Australian Open 2021?
Roger Federer's withdrawal from the Australian Open 2021 surprised fans. According to Craig Tilly, CEO of Tennis Australia, Roger Federer couldn't recover in time. The Swiss were definitely not feeling well and so he decided to retire. However, there were also some other claims.
According to an Australian Open 2021 official, Roger Federer's decision was not to withdraw from the Grand Slam, but rather to the influence of his wife Mirka. The official further claimed that Roger Federer withdrew due to his family and quarantine issues, not due to injury.
Roger Federer biographer Simon Graf described all of these claims as false and unfounded. It was believed Roger Federer would definitely have played in Grand Slam if he were completely fit.
Whatever the reason, it is clear that world number five Roger Federer will not be playing in Melbourne now. It looks like the fans will have to wait a little longer to see the legend on the field again.
When will Roger Federer return to the court?
There is no official confirmation of Roger Federer's return at this time. However, Graf believes Roger Federer will definitely play the Dubai Tennis Championships in March 2021.
Roger Federer certainly hasn't had an impressive record at the US Open or the French Open in the past decade. Since he's not playing in the Australian Open 2021 now, he's sure to be aiming for Wimbledon 2021 now.