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. Roger Federer’s record of 237 consecutive weeks as World No.
1 is often hailed as one of the most incredible feats in sporting history. But renowned cricketer Tabraiz Shamsi - who regards Federer highly - believes that Dale Steyn’s record of 263 consecutive weeks as the top-ranked Test bowler holds just as much merit if not more.
Shamsi on Roger Federer
In one of his recent tweets, Tabraiz Shamsi showered lavish praise on both Roger Federer and Dale Steyn. “This is no joke! If you think Roger Federer is a machine (which he is) just know that @DaleSteyn62 dominated his sport for longer!” Shamsi tweeted.
Roger Federer will probably lose his record of 310 weeks as World No. 1 soon, but it seems unlikely that his feat of 237 consecutive weeks will be broken in the near or distant future. The 39-year-old spent more than 4.5 years perched at the top spot between 2004 and 2008, after which he was displaced by arch-rival Rafael Nadal.
The Swiss last competed at this year’s Australian Open. He earned his 100th tournament win in the third round and reached the semi-finals, in which he lost against Novak Djokovic. Federer has since had two right knee surgeries.
The six-time champion has played the Australian Open main draw every year since his debut in 2000. Tournament Director Craig Tiley wished Federer well. “In the end, Roger ran out of time to get himself ready for the rigours of a Grand Slam and he’s very disappointed he won’t be coming to Melbourne in 2021,” Tiley said in a press release.
“The Australian Open has always held a special place in his heart – remember it was Roger who first called the AO the ‘Happy Slam’.