In less than a week the world will attend the first Grand Slam of 2021, the Australian Open. The start of the Happy Slam has been moved to February 8 to allow all players to carry out the two-week quarantine imposed by the local authorities.
For the first time in the last 23 editions, Roger Federer will not be at the starting line in Melbourne Park. The not perfect conditions of his right knee have led the Swiss phenomenon to postpone his return to the circuit, which will take place in Doha in the second week of March.
Thanks to the new ranking system introduced to mitigate the effects of the global pandemic, the 39-year-old from Basel still maintained a place in the Top 5. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who should also play the season on clay, reiterated that his main goals will be Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics in the summer.
In the interview granted to 'SRF', the former world number 1 stressed that he will not try to remain pathologically on the tour.
When is Roger Federer planning to return?
“I want to be able to go skiing with the children and with Mirka.
Or go hiking, play basketball or start ice hockey – I still have so many dreams. For that, I need a good body and I don’t want to hit it against the wall,” said Roger Federer in a recent interview. When Roger announced his withdrawal from the Australian Open, fans were asking the question: when will he return? Recently, news broke that Federer would return at the ATP 250 in Doha.
Talking about his return, he said, “I wanted to make my comeback at a smaller tournament so that I wasn’t fully in focus and where the stress is also a little less.“ Tennis activities resumed emphatically with the dawn of a new year.
The Australian city of Melbourne is currently playing host to 6 tournaments, but everything is now in jeopardy, including the Australian Open 2021, after 1 positive COVID-19 test. Coronavirus has somehow sneaked into corridors of Melbourne Park.
This legendary tennis venue is hosting hundreds of athletes who are juggling between 6 different tournaments. But now, a security guard at the Australian Open quarantine hotel has tested positive, which has led to severe action from the officials.
All matches at Melbourne Park that had been scheduled for tomorrow have been canceled. This has come as a direct result of one positive COVID-19 test, and the organizers are largely worried about the safety of the players.