The much-anticipated return of Roger Federer was put on hold this afternoon in Miami not because of the superstar’s knee which was surgically repaired last month, but due to a stomach virus, the tournament announced.
“I feel bad for the tournament and the fans, as I have rarely ever had to withdraw at such short notice,” Federer said in a statement. “I have not felt great for a few days, and unfortunately it got worse in the last 24 hours. I was really excited to have my comeback in Miami but am in no condition to play. I tried to warm up this morning, but it was clear that I could not compete.”
The 34-year-old was scheduled to play Juan Martin del Potro in the second round in Miami. Instead, Horacia Zeballos took his place.
“It’s good that it’s a stomach problem and at the same time it is not the knee, so it’s not a big deal,” said Rafael Nadal. “But it’s obvious that it’s terrible news for the tournament.”
Federer hasn’t won the Miami title since 2006.
Federer’s return will now take place in Monte Carlo on the clay next month.
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