Roger Federer Officially Withdraws From Indian Wells, He Won’t Play Miami Either; Next Is Monte Carlo
by Staff | February 26th, 2016, 5:35 pm
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As his rehab from knee surgery continues, Roger Federer officially withdrew from the Indian Wells event and took himself out of any Miami wildcard possibility, he announced today.

Federer did add that he well return in mid-April at Monte Carlo.

“The Rehab for my knee is going really well!” Federer posted on Facebook. “I have now had a lot of great practices on the court and in the gym. As it is a long year, I don’t want to push it too hard and come back too soon. Thus, I will unfortunately not be able to make it back in time for the great event in Indian Wells but I do plan on playing in the desert next year.

“After consultation with my team, I have decided to enter the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Thanks for the support and I will see you back on tour soon.”

Federer made the Indian Wells final last year losing to Novak Djokovic. This will be the first time Federer, a 4-time champion, will miss Indian Wells this century. He didn’t play in 1999.

Monte Carlo begins on April 10.


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61 Comments for Roger Federer Officially Withdraws From Indian Wells, He Won’t Play Miami Either; Next Is Monte Carlo

J-Kath Says:

47 Days – about 1.6 weeks approx. before the Fed returns. He plans to go to Indian Wells next year. A lot can happen in anyone’s life in a year… who can forecast what may happen tomorrow?


skeezer Says:

Wise choice for the knee. Coming back on the softer Clay is smart.


Wog Boy Says:

He might start with Istanbul, he is defending champion..


Purcell Says:

Careful Skeezer, it’s not just any old knee, it’s ‘the Royal knee’ owned by ‘the Royal we’. Ref: 4:08 Heartfelt message…….
Imperial wave to all Novak fans.


chrisford1 Says:

Roger pretty much stopped being a force at Indian Wells, like most places, back in 2006. Since then, it’s been the Rafa, Nole show. Fed won once, in 2012. But he beat Rafa in the semis that time, so it probably is a fond memory.
Miami the same. Stopped being a force in 2006. It’s pretty much been the Andy-Nole show since then. And it is an event that Roger likes to skip in recent years.
Roger has never won MC. But it is a good place to tune up.


Green Lady Says:

Best wishes to Federer on his return to tennis,this is coming from a Nadal fan.


Van Persie Says:

Nole fans, a good name for an article: Federer will be back for MC. He never won it, but Djokovic did it 2 times.


Van Persie Says:

P.S. Some credit to Nadal, he won it 8 times ;)


Colin Says:

@JKath.
47 days is 1.6 weeks? What system of arithmatic are you using?


Green Lady Says:

And a wise descision.


Margot Says:

@Kath
Yay! Cymru! Dreadful match, but who cares, a wins a win. And good luck to Scotland too.
Now where’s that chappy who told me Fed would be dancing on his twinkle toes in a jiffy, while managing to be rude about Andy at the same time, or I wouldn’t be bothering…..?


Michael Says:

Quite unfortunate to miss the maestro at Indian Wells which is one of his favourite tournaments and is a regular. But, he cannot risk playing so quick after a surgery and needs time for recuperation. Choosing Monte Carlo as his come back vehicle is a wise decision and it is a tournament where surprisingly he is yet to win despite making about five finals.

Let us wish him all the very best and a speedy recovery. He is now only playing for his pride and it is only his overwhelming passion and desirous love for the sport which is urging him on to continue in the circuit and still make a difference. He has already proved that he is a force to reckon with in this age and the only shades of disappointment for him is the fact that he is not able to win major tournamnents as he did in the past with consummate ease.


J-Kath Says:

@ Colin

I did put in a correction but it seems to have vanished. However, be a “sport” and forget the dot and it’s close.


J-Kath Says:

@ Purcell

Clever post…liked it.

@ Margot
Taa for poor wee Scotland.

Please do find that chappy and sort him out.


AndyMira Says:

@Colin..at first i thought i loss some brain cell in head but then when i see your post..thank GOD i’m not the only one..now i get..j-kath..if you want to scares me,next time warning first will you..


AndyMira Says:

It was meant”in MY head”..darn..


Colin Says:

Apart from Fed’s health issues, did anyone notice that Laura Robson has had yet another setback in her attempt to rebuild her career?

Sadly, I think she’s finished. She has the the same problem as Delpo – she hits too hard for the good of her own body, but he is much more experienced and has a more varied game, so he can adapt a bit, though I’ll still be surprised if he doesn’t have any further wrist trouble.

Talking of lady tennis players, have any other men here seen those pics of Wozniacki in a painted-on swimsuit? Very nice!


RZ Says:

Boo! Boo! (Take note: this is a Fed fan booing Fed for withdrawing. I have to do it here as I can’t do it at Indian Wells since he won’t be there.)


RZ Says:

@Colin, that is very sad about Laura Robson. She is still very young so hopefully another year or so of rest and rehab will get her back into the game. She has so much potential that it’s a shame have not been able to see her make use of it.


chrisford1 Says:

Colin, granted Caroline gives the SI model shoot people a lot to work with, but they and the Body Issue manage to make even Venus and Serena look attractive. Through near-perfect makeup, prep, most flattering angles, and when all that fails – airbush and photoshop altering.
Still, props to the women athletes that nerved themselves up to get naked for 11 hours starting at midnight to get the body paint applied, then another full 8 hours of shooting until the sun is down. (and sometimes they set up to shoot a lighted model against a black sky so this ordeal can go on 24 hours.

Also, maybe because I have given the matter some thought as a salacious ogler of sorts – being in body paint is NOT just like wearing a swimsuit because all the “naughty bits” are just as obvious as if the model was naked with no bodypaint. Just pubis and labia, or penis and scrotum covered in paint. With a mixed gender crew of 20 photoing it all or seeing it all and you as a model just have to trust that they are pros and all the photos and vids showing naught parts will be removed and destroyed by the editors.

Tough work for those modeling for SI, and I wish I was there to watch it!


chrisford1 Says:

And on a totally unrelated matter, trust me, I looked at Roger’s pics and wondered if he will end his playing days wearing tights or yoga pants.


Green Lady Says:

I thought it was supposed to be about swimwear?.


J-Kath Says:

I apologise for my previous comment….


Green Lady Says:

Demi Moore did something similar,a painted on suit,and she wore a G.string.


Travis Bickle Says:

Injured a knee walking with his daughters in a park… ?!?

I remember Cilic also announced a mysterious “knee injury” at 2013 Wimbledon. Here is a quote from his Wikipedia page:

“At Wimbledon Čilić had to pull out before his second round match due to a left knee injury where he was scheduled to play Kenny de Schepper of France.[20] However, a month later it was revealed that Čilić had pulled out as he had been informed that he had failed a drugs test in Munich”

Therefore, it is rather plausible that the good old Fed was caught doping and is serving his Silent Ban imposed by ATP/ITF. Anyone sane knows it would be devastating for tennis (read $ and profits) to reveal the corporate ‘golden goose’ to be doper and cheater. So in case of Fed, the only punishment for doping would be some kind of silent ban and fake injury (of the ‘walking in a park’s sort).

Of course, I am not claiming my theory to be 100% true, but it seems plausible considering the circumstances…


Wog Boy Says:

“Diapers?”

JK,

You mean like these ones, Roger is the one that keep shaking his bum..:

http://youtu.be/dIckHfC1cWo


Wog Boy Says:

^* and this is wenty years after, Roger droped out, the knee stuffed him up, they mastered the dancing trade, you will like it:

http://youtu.be/MzIoyym7-qE

PS,
Don’t get fooled, they are professional dancers:)


Wog Boy Says:

^^ twenty years after


J-Kath Says:

Okeydoke Wog Boy

See what you mean….my comment came about with others saying “tights, yoaga pants, swimwear, G-string” but I’m still a bit ashamed by my instant cheeky response…


SG1 Says:

Roger and his doctor know best. He wants to play for at least another year or two. No point in jeopardizing that over another month or so. This really isn’t a surprise. You can’t just hop back onto the court after knee surgery. Even it it’s minor. Surgical procedures take time to heal.


J-Kath Says:

Travis – Welcome back. But…but..but, I hope you’ve got a good lawyer…!!


Wog Boy Says:

Strange thing to read comments regarding Roger’s and Rafa’s injuries, when it comes to Rafa than it is like “this is it, he is finished, no coming back, and so on..”, when we read about Roger’s injuries or recovery (mono, bad back when when needed, knee..) than it is “good decision, he is coming back better and stronger, he knows what he is doing, and so on..”, and the dude is almost 35 and will be 36 next year, not getting any younger, few months of layover (if it was layover) for professional player of his age can be really bad…unless he has some special goat milk frod Alps, as TB suggested..now I need a good barrister, I know few of them here if needed..


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “from Alps”


skeezer Says:

SG1,
As usual, spot on, no nonsense post.


skeezer Says:

TB,
Plausible? What a stretch to somehow someway tie Cilic’s knee and PED to Fed’s current situation. There is not even a remote chance of your accusation but you try to smudge anyway.
It’s like trying to tie Novak’s latest retirement to the doping enhanced egg and a PED gluten diet that which must have caused his latest eye infection. Keep on a trollin’.


danica Says:

A wise decision. Can’t even imagine the strain on a recently operated, still raw knee that playing on a HC can do.


Van Persie Says:

TB, hello.
You were missed here


Humble Rafa Says:

nice leggings!


Travis Bickle Says:

Well, thanks Van Persie!!! It’s nice to be missed. (something Ben Pronin and Giles never get on this site)

You also reminded me of a lyrics of a song:

“Been fuelin’ up on cocaine and whisky
Wish I had a good girl to miss me”

I do hope you’re a good girl ;-)


Van Persie Says:

Hehe, Travis, very nice reply :)

Let’s put it that way: am a decent girl for this century, would not fit probably in the 18′ or 19′ ;)


Pauly Says:

Andy Mira

How are you ?
Did you read article about Nadal ?
Mental problem is being caused by his uncle Toni
I always knew uncle Toni was a problem now it’s being confirmed … Rafa must cut him loose ASAP
Time to be a man & forget loyalty … Thanks uncle Toni now go away is best course if action


pauly Says:

Of course Rafa has a mental problem. And it’s Toni Nadal who creates insecurity in him. It’s right there in his autobiography. Toni needs to step down and Rafa needs to get from under his shadow. It’s a toxic relationship at this point.


Pauly Says:

Toni Nadal – Job for life! No matter how much he sucks. If this was any other sport, he would’ve been fired a long time ago.

I don’t know why Rafa does not hire a new coach but it is frustrating for the fans. How many losses will we take? He can’t even win on his beloved clay losing to single handed backhand players.


Giles Says:

Zozza. You’re back I see spreading lies yet again. Are you for real dude?


AndyMira Says:

Hi Pauly!God..it’s always good to see your name here..there’s not many rafa fan here anymore..you,me,okie and the latest Green Lady..i don’t care but i have to say..i missed interacting with you even though it’s always the same subject..by the way which article you’re refering to?I read quite a lot..the latest was about uncle toni insist that people stop harassing them to change the coach..and i don’t think that will happen pauly..honestly..oh..by the way you know what manolo santana said?He said,nadal doesn’t win important points anymore but he will win FO..how’s that?I don’t know whether to believe him or not..Oh!i forgot to answer you earlier.. i’m fine..thank you for asking..how about you?


Pauly Says:

Andy Mira

Nadal win French open ?
No way
He can’t beat Djokovic no where no more
That’s another mental problem

If Nadal can win French open Djokovic will need to retire with another eye infection Coz Nadal can beat Wawrinka & Murray too but Djokovic is biggest mental hurdle
Djokovic is playing at level 5
Wawrinka Murray Federer level 4
Nadal level 3

No Nadal won’t win nothing as long as uncle Toni is his coach


Pauly Says:

Andy Mira

The forehand of Nadal is not good anymore
The serve is vulnerable
The confidence is not there
It’s his final year I have no doubt about it
Unless miracle happens & he is competitive against Djokovic


AndyMira Says:

Hmmh..everyone agree that what rafa has been through right now is mental..as long as he don’t have confidence,he can’t have his forehand back,and as long as he can’t have his forehand back,he can’t win..it’s as simple as that..You saw how Thiem’s play Pauly?His match against querrey to me was out of this world..at that time,i thought to myself..how in the world rafa will survive if he goes on court to play any young player..thiem, kyrgious who already humiliated him to such extent at wimby?Rafa is in big trouble pauly..


Giles Says:

” Mental problem is being caused by his uncle Toni”. Says mad Zozza. Show us the link if you dare.


chrisford1 Says:

A a regular theme since Bolletieri suggested it. Andre can save Rafa!!
Weighing against this?
1. Rafa is very close to the end of his playing days, and dumping Toni right at the end of his career is not what the Nadal family really wants.
2. Andre has his foundation and other pursuits.
3. Andre has two young teens aged 12 and 14 – leave them to go out coaching? Maybe, but he would be giving up a lot.
4. Main reason – Steffi Graf. NO way will she be going on the road to get immersed again in a sport she has tried to disance herself from and build a 2nd life for herself (fairly well, it seems).


Pauly Says:

Giles Says:
Zozza. You’re back I see spreading lies yet again. Are you for real dude?

Zozza ????????
WTF …. Listen buddy you’re one very obsessed person
Who is ZOZZA ?

To answer your question buddy
There is no link it’s his real fans who write things like this on Facebook … The real fans who care about Nadal & want him to ditch uncle Toni in an attempt to help him

No one is spreading lies … It’s his devoted fans that care about him they write such things
It’s got some truth in it … Uncle Toni must go
You watch Nadal improve his game with another coach
Look what Becker did for your favourite player Djokovic

GILES open your eyes buddy & smell what your eating
S..T


Pauly Says:

AndyMira

GILES is a mad Djokovic fan
This mad person pretends to be Nadal fan
Totally ignore this person
This website is full of mad Crazy weird deluded people like GILES


Green Lady Says:

No need to turn everything Nadal does into a soap opera,im sure he will be just fine,win or lose?.


Green Lady Says:

I dont know about Nadal having mental problems,but it seems some of his fans do.


AndyMira Says:

Hey Pauly..it’s good to hear from you today..take it easy okay..save it for later date..GOD knows we’ll need it in 2 weeks time..i believe rafa will take us to wonderful world of crazyland and i’m sure we’ll barely come out alive!


Pauly Says:

Green Lady

Good post
But we don’t need Djokovic fans like GILES aka ginger
To pollute this website with methane
It stinks when Djokovic fans pretend to be Nadal fans
Good luck to Nadal
Hope he can find some form for one more French open title


Pauly Says:

If Nadal can’t win anymore slams
Hopefully andy Murray can
Or Wawrinka or Federer


AndyMira Says:

Pauly,i agree with you at 6;29..of all the names that you mentioned,i want very much for andy to win it..especially if he can do it in front of his own fan at wimby like the olympics..i will cry for him volunteerly if he can do that..


Giles Says:

Zozza and AndyMyra are just a couple of trolls pretending to be Nadal fans. Two crazy dudes who have nothing better to do than litter this site with sheer cr@p. Obviously unemployed!


J-Kath Says:

Giles: Who is Zozza?

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