Roger Federer’s announcement that he will miss the remainder of the 2016 season hit fans hard yesterday. But Federer’s agent, Tony Godsick, assured fans it’s not that bad.
“There is no gloom and doom in our camp,” Godsick told ESPN’s Greg Garber. “The decision was unfortunate, on the face, a bummer, but it was encouraging, too. It shows he still wants to get out there and give it a few more years.”
Added Garber in his lede, “If you are a genuine fan of Roger Federer, you should vigorously applaud his decision to bail on the rest of the 2016 tennis season.”
But is it the right decision? Godsick thinks so.
“In the end, I think he realized the competition, as tough as it is, you don’t help yourself by playing less than your best. Now he can manage his schedule and take the steps necessary to get bigger, faster and stronger,” Godsick said.
Federer turns 35 next month. He is ranked No. 3 but will probably fall outside the Top 15 by the end of the year. So when he does comeback, he’ll be faced with a low seeding and his seeding could further plummet with Brisbane finals and Australian Open semifinal points to defend in January.
The specifics of the re-injury haven’t been revealed, so it’s unclear what kind of rehab and treatment awaits Federer.
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