Federer Pulls from Halle, Nadal Iffy Entering Wimbledon
Roger Federer pulled out of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Tuesday, saying his post-French Open condition is less than ideal.
“I sincerely apologize to the tournament organizers, my competitors, and my fans in Germany. I only hope they will understand that I still feel emotionally overwhelmed and exhausted by the incredible events of the past few days,” Federer said Tuesday on his Web site.
On Sunday Federer won the French Open for the first time, completing his collection of all four Slams, an achievement only one other player, Andre Agassi, has attained during a career in the Open Era (since 1968) of tennis.
“It is hard for me to admit, but I simply cannot imagine giving my best effort in another tournament right away and I don’t want to risk injury if I am not 100 percent prepared. I need to rest and recuperate,” Federer said.
News from Federer’s rival, Rafael Nadal, is not good concerning his injured knee. The Nadal camp says the world No. 1 will not play any grasscourt warm-up events, but will show up at the All England Club in an effort to defend his title.
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