Injury was not the main reason for Roger Federer’s withdrawal from the Australian Open – it has been claimed.
The Swiss superstar will not play in Melbourne next month, after pulling out of the season’s opening Grand Slam for the first time in the 21st century.
Federer will not play at all Down Under – with the initial reports citing his recovery from two knee operations in 2020. (BBC)
But now it seems like the harsh quarantine restrictions in Victoria are the main reason for the 20-time Major winner sitting this one out.
Roger Federer didn’t fancy Australian Open quarantine
Andre Sa, the Australian Open’s Director of Player Relations has shed some light on Federer’s thinking.
“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.
“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.’”
Federer is not obsessed by winning Grand Slam Race
If true, this development is a real credit to Federer.
With his career reaching its climax, and the Grand Slam Race on a knife-edge with Rafa Nadal, and Novak Djokovic just behind, Federer may have been tempted to put himself through everything to win again in Melbourne.
Six of his Grand Slam titles have come in Australia – and it offers him perhaps his second best shot at more glory, behind only Wimbledon.
But Federer has been on tour for over two decades – and is clearly happy with the life he has got.
From a selfish point of view, it’s just a shame we won’t get to see him in Melbourne.
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