'The reality is that Roger Federer was not fit to play', says former star

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'The reality is that Roger Federer was not fit to play', says former star

Roger Federer already has a possible comeback date after giving up competing at the Tokyo Olympics. The Swiss tennis player could return to the courts from August 7 to 15 at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers, the Canadian Masters 1,000, in Toronto.

The organization of the tournament has published this Monday the list of pre-registered for the tournament and it includes the name of Federer, Novak Djokovic and also Rafa Nadal, who will play again after not competing since Roland Garros and resign.

to play at Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. "I am very happy to return to Canada to play in Toronto. It is a fantastic tournament and I have played great games here. In fact, I won the last time it was played here and I would like to defend my title in August and be with me again.

fans from Canada and around the world." However, Nadal will have very tough rivals to defend his title in Canada, since in addition to Djokovic and Federer also appear in the pre-list Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rubñev, Matteo Berrettini, Denis Shapovalov and the Spanish Pablo Carreño, Roberto Bautista and Alejandro Davidovich.

Forget opens up on Roger Federer

Roland Garros tournament director Guy Forget has expressed his support for Roger Federer following the Swiss' controversial decision to withdraw from the claycourt Grand Slam in Paris last June.

"On social media, you hear anything and everything. You see people who are totally, disproportionately vile towards Roger and others who completely understand. He retired, which he had never done in a Grand Slam before."

The Frenchman revealed Federer signed a document in front of the match referee in which he cited his knee injury as the reason for his withdrawal. "To put him on trial for lack of respect is unfair, I am convinced that it is not that," added Guy Forget.

"That Sunday, he went to the doping control, which is compulsory when you retire, he went to the medical service, he saw the referee, he signed a document, where it is indicated that his knee is the reason for his forfeit .

The reality is that Roger was not fit to play." According to Forbes, Federer has amassed a whopping $130 million in prize money over his long and illustrious career, which has seen him win 102 titles and he's still going strong.

The Swiss maestro has also accumulated more than $50 million in charity for his foundation. His charity takes care of one million children in Africa.