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“The Main Reason Was The Quarantine”: Andre Sa Reveals Reason Behind Roger Federer’s Withdrawal From Australian Open

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Roger Federer did not withdraw from the Australian Open because of injury or fitness concerns contrary to previous claims, according to the director of player relations at the Australian Open.

 

Federer has not played competitively since January 30 last year after exiting the Australian Open at the hands of Novak Djokovic at the semi-final stage following major knee problems during the event.

“I will start discussions this coming week for tournaments that begin in late February and then start to build a schedule for the rest of the year.”

The suggestion of Federer’s absence being due to his rehabilitation following knee surgery then appeared to be reiterated by Craig Tiley, the Australian Open Tournament Director.

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He said: “In the end Roger ran out of time to get himself ready for the rigours of a Grand Slam and he’s very disappointed he won’t be coming to Melbourne in 2021.

“The Australian Open has always held a special place in his heart – remember it was Roger who first called the AO the ‘happy slam’.

“We wish him all the best as he prepares for his comeback later in the year and look forward to seeing him in Melbourne in 2022.”

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Federer holds the record for most Grand Slam men’s singles Championships with 20 titles and he has been in 30 finals during his illustrious career

The sporting icon has six Australian Open trophies to his name, winning the 2017 and 2018 events.

And Andre Sa, the Australian Open director of player relations, claimed the impact of the Covid pandemic was the primary reason for Federer being absent this year.

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“The main reason was the quarantine,” Sa told Ace BandSports.

“I talked to him a month ago and he had two options. He could come with the whole family and quarantine. The problem is that Mirka (Federer’s wife) and her children couldn’t leave the room. They would have to stay 14 days in the room.

“The exception is only for players. He could go out, train, and come back, but the family couldn’t. Mirka did not approve the idea.

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“The other option would be for him to come alone. Only there would be at least five weeks away from family and children.

“And then he said, ‘Dude, 39, four kids, 20 Grand Slams. I am no longer in time to be away from my family for five weeks.”







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