No Australian Open for Roger Federer. For the first time in his career, the Swiss champion has announced his intention to forfeit the Melbourne tournament. The 39-year-old has not yet fully recovered after two knee surgeries.
Confirmation came from the organizers of the Australian Open itself. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, six of which in Australia, has been out since February but had recently resumed training and was on the entry list for the year-to-date Grand Slam scheduled for February 8.
On Tennis Channel Live, former US Open champion Andy Roddick asked for the World No. 5’s comeback and good health as his new year’s wish for tennis.
Roddick wants a proper send-off for Roger Federer
“Even though the guy ruined my entire life for a decade, I want to see Roger Federer back,” Andy Roddick said.
“I want to see him healthy”. His former opponent, Roddick, wants him to make the most of this year. Federer’s prime target will be Wimbledon, where he has won a record eight titles. The American added, “If this is near the end for him, I want to see a proper send-off for Roger”.
With the advent of technology, tennis is doing its bit to integrate it into the sport as much as possible. But that is coming at an expense. The potential removal of line judges from the sport is looking likely with each passing day as hawk-eye gains prominence.
Australian Open 2021 has taken this step to implement the hawk-eye as the primary judge for looking after the legal marking. But was the decision a preview of the future or it was a precaution measure because of COVID-19? “The technology is so advanced right now, there is absolutely no reason why you should keep line umpires on the Court.
That’s my opinion,” Novak Djokovic said. But the use of hawk-eye removes the human element in tennis. And World No.2 Rafael Nadal has opposed Djokovic’s idea of no line judges. “Personally, I prefer the line umpires to what we have here… If you ask me what I would like to see in the future… Well, I believe we have room for evolution as a sport as tennis has not changed a lot in the last fifty years, compared to other sports, that is a reality, but at the same time I do not believe that this is the way to improve the “show”.
Nadal said. Nadal might be hitting a good point here. The sport will evolve with time, but the removal of line judges is not the way.