After deceiving about his participation in the Australian Open (scheduled from 8 to 21 February), then making it clear that the presence had become 'at risk', a race against time, Roger Federer decided to give up the first Grand Slam of 2021.
It was not Roger who announced it but his agent, Tony Godsick, to the Associated Press. “Roger has decided not to play the Australian Open 2021. He has been making progress over the past two months with his knee and fitness.
But, after consulting with the whole team, he decided that the best decision for him in the long term was to return to the competition after the Australian Open, "confirmed Godsick but admits that the Swiss can return at the end of February.
A news that displaces even the organizers themselves, as Craig Tiley, director of the tournament points out: "Roger hasn't had time to prepare to play a Grand Slam and is disappointed not to be in Melbourne in 2021.
The Australian Open has a special place. in his heart, we want the best for him and his return to the pitch later and we can't wait to see him here in Melbourne in 2022." For the first time in over 20 years (it was 1999), Federer will not be at the start of the Australian Open.
The Swiss born in '81 is still training in Dubai waiting for the return to the field which is still slipping. Between Coronavirus and injury, Federer's last match was at the Australian Open 2020, when he was defeated in the semifinals by Djokovic, then winner of the tournament.
Roger Federer on Tony Godsick
Roger Federer is one of the most successful athletes in history, both on and off the court. And while there is no doubting the incredible talent and hard work that have gone into that, the Swiss maestro also has a tremendous team supporting him.
Federer's super team not only includes his family, his coaches and his support staff, but also his agent Tony Godsick - who is known as one of the shrewdest minds in tennis. "Tony Godsick and I have been working together for more than 15 years," Roger Federer said.
"We have developed a good sense of trust to make sure we are aligned with the same goals. It’s not about him and it’s not just about me. We have grown together." There is no official confirmation about the return of Federer right now. However, Graf believed that Federer would definitely play at the Dubai Tennis Championships in March 2021.