After the heavy renunciation of Roger Federer, more bad news arrives for the organizers of the Miami Open, the first Master 1000 of the season, who are forced to announce the forfeit of Stan Wawrinka and Gilles Simon. The absence of the Swiss tennis player was however in the air: the bad test in Rotterdam in which he lost against Khachanov highlighted an approximate and subdued form of the number 20 in the world who among other things does not particularly like the American tournament.
as he said two years ago. “It has never been my favorite event, we'll see how things go in the next few years”. Gilles Simon instead renounces the Master because in recent days he had expressed the need to take a break and temporarily move away from the fields.
A decision not unexpected that of the 36-year-old Frenchman. The Miami 1000 Open will start next March 22nd. If Roger Federer was ever worried that he would be too old-fashioned for the centennials, he only needs to listen to 17-year-old Holger Rune.
In a recent interview, Rune revealed that his biggest goal is to become like Roger Federer - a multiple Grand-Slam winning World No. 1.
Holger Rune on training with Roger Federer
Holger Rune has already had the chance to meet and train with Roger Federer.
Rune was among a select group of youngsters invited to the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, to act as sparring partners for the top eight players in the world. "He is my greatest idol and my favorite player," Rune said. "He's an excellent player and he's also a great person off the court.
I had the opportunity to train with him, chat after training and it was a great experience that I will not forget." Holger Rune will make his ATP tour main draw debut at this week's Argentina Open. The Dane meets No.
5 seed Albert Ramos Vinolas in the first round on Tuesday - a contest he is anxiously awaiting. "I am extremely happy because it is my first ATP main draw and that it is in Argentina where I have never been makes me happy," Rune said.
"It is a great opportunity that I have to try to rise in the rankings and to play against great players so I am very anxious to start the tournament." Recently his agent, Tony Godsick, gave an update regarding the tournaments Federer would be seen at in the present year.
Godsick did reveal that Roger will not be playing at the Miami Open and will take a ‘training break’. The Swiss master is the defending champion as the event was canceled last year and not being a part of it will result in him losing 1000 points.
After confirming his participation at the ATP Doha Open and the Dubai Tennis Championships, it would be strenuous for the 39-year-old player to compete in Miami soon after. Federer is making a comeback after a long duration, and it would be wise to not overexert himself after a lengthy period.