Everybody’s groin needs a rest once in a while, including tennis great Roger Federer’s. The former No. 1 announced yesterday that to better rest his body, especially his groin, he had to withdraw from this week’s tournament in Halle.
“I am very disappointed as its one of my absolute favorite tournaments on the ATP Tour, but my body, especially my groin, really needs a rest,” Federer said Monday. “After talking with my team this morning, I feel that its way to risky to take a chance on aggravating it even more before Wimbledon.”
Federer was due to play Lleyton Hewitt in the first round in a rematch of their 2010 final won by the Australian. Argentine Leonardo Mayer takes Federer’s place in the draw. Tomas Berdych is now to top ranked player in the tournament which also includes Gael Monfils, Viktor Troicki and Milos Raonic.
After finishing runner-up for a seventh time at a Grand Slam Sunday in Paris, Federer says he is eager to focus on Wimbledon where it all began for the Swiss eight years ago.
“That’s obviously the huge priority right now, to win Wimbledon in a few weeks’ time,” Federer said Sunday. “That’s always, for me, the sort of No. 1 goal in the season. This is where it all started for me back in 2003. Or even with Sampras earlier in ’01. So that’s why I always really enjoy coming back.”
The Wimbledon draw will be made a week from Friday. Ranked No. 3, Federer could move up to 2 depending on the Wimbledon seeding formula.
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