This Sunday the Tennis star Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open (Roland Garros) despite having reached the fourth round.
Roger Federer is a 20-time Grand Slam champion, who will be 40 years of age in two months’ time.
Federer said; “After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of Roland Garros today”.
“After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery. I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court.”
Federer is playing only his third tournament since last year’s Australian Open and has always said Wimbledon is his main goal.
He will be chasing the ninth title at Wimbledon which will start on June 28.
He is also scheduled to play the warm-up grass court tournament in Halle beginning on June 14, the day after the French Open ends.
It is likely that this was Federer’s final appearance at the tournament at the Roland Garros. His return this year was only his second participation since 2015.
The tournament director Guy Forget said on Sunday; “The Roland Garros tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last night”.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 6, 2021
“We were all delighted to see Roger back in Paris, where he played three high-level matches. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”
After winning his match, Federer said that he was pacing himself in his recovery.
“All the matches I’ve played since the injury are information for the rest of the season,” he added.
“It gives me great pleasure to be able to play 3hr 30min at a high level against a very good player. It shows that I’m on the right track.”
His performance won rave reviews from rivals following the match on television.
“I’m not bothered by the outcome of this match at all,” tweeted Britain’s Andy Murray, a former world number one and three-time major winner.
“Just seeing Federer at 39 off the back of 2 knee surgeries playing to an empty stadium at 12.30am getting fired up is inspirational to me. Do what you love.”