Not really that surprising. Roger Federer’s back wasn’t good enough to go, or to risk it in what with Wimbledon and the Olympics this summer. So moments ago he withdrew from the French Open.
“I regret to announce that I have made the decision not to play in this year’s French Open,” Federer posted on Facebook. “I have been making steady progress with my overall fitness, but I am still not 100% and feel I might be taking an unnecessary risk by playing in this event before I am really ready. This decision was not easy to make, but I took it to ensure I could play the remainder of the season and help to extend the rest of my career.
“I remain as motivated and excited as ever and my plan is to achieve the highest level of fitness before returning to the ATP World Tour for the upcoming grass court season. I am sorry for my fans in Paris but I very much look forward to returning to Roland Garros in 2017.”
It’s the first time Federer will miss a Slam this century, and his first since the 1999 US Open. The iron man streak of 65 straight comes to an end.
And remember in Paris the weather isn’t always back-friendly. Roger’s also turning 35 in a couple of months. So not a surprise move and probably the right move in the end. Let’s hope he can fix that back in the next few weeks.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have to be pleased. Now there’s no chance of any all-Big 4 quarterfinal meetings.
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