It is now well known that twenty-time Grand Slam title winner and winner of 6 Australian Open Roger Federer will not be present this year in Melbourne to compete in the first Grand Slam of the year. Roger has now been stopped for several months due to a double surgery, but, apparently, this would not be the only reason that kept the Swiss away from the 2021 Australian Open.
According to reports from former Brazilian tennis player André You know that, at this moment in charge of official relations between the management of the Australian Open and the tennis players, the Swiss tennis player has renounced to participate due to the quarantine that the Australian government has severely imposed on anyone arriving from abroad.
This would have forced Roger's wife, Mirka, and her four children, not to be able to leave the hotel room, a situation that is far from simple for the Swiss champion, who therefore preferred not to participate. Speaking on the 'Tennis with an Accent' podcast, Roger Federer’s biographer and sports journalist Simon Graf shared an anecdote about Roger Federer's behavior off the court, dating back to 2013.
Federer was suffering from a serious back injury throughout that season, but his lowest point came when he was upset early by Germany's Daniel Brands at the Gstaad Open.
Graf shares an anecdote about Roger Federer's behavior
"It was in Gstaad where Roger Federer lost that match against Brands, in Switzerland," Simon Graf said.
"It was a big thing, they even gifted him with another cow. He was back in Switzerland, he knew he wouldn't be 100%. I saw him warm up on the courts of the Palace Hotel. It was a terrible sight, he could hardly move. He lost in straight sets against a not a great player.
What I really was impressed with is how he behaved himself in the press room. Like he really did not want to talk, but people were really excited to see him on that stage," Graf added. "So he got so many questions in different languages about his back.
He didn't know himself, he did not know if he was getting better. It was a difficult year for him. But still he stayed there for almost half an hour and answered all the questions. Afterwards there was a meet and greet, he did that as well.
In his shoes I would've left immediately. I think he realized people were so excited to see him in Switzerland so he had to give back, even though he couldn't play well."