Not even time to return, after the 13-month stop due to the double knee operation, and Roger Federer has already given another forfeit. The very Swiss champion, in fact, will not take part in the Masters 1000 in Miami, the first of the season, scheduled for March 22 at the Hard Rock Stadium in the Florida metropolis.
The news, of course, quickly made its way around the world and - as we explained in this article - the Miami forfeit will heavily affect the Swiss ranking, given that on March 8, the thawing of the points of the world ranking will take place, decided by the 'Atp to mitigate the effects of the Covid emergency on the positions of the players.
Tony Godsick, a long-time Swiss agent, explained the reason for the forfeit very clearly. After the tournaments in Doha and Dubai, which will mark Federer's return to the circuit, Roger will necessarily need a break to avoid putting too much pressure on his body.
The 39-year-old from Basel, therefore, will immediately focus on the clay season, with the aim of playing a good Roland Garros. But Federer's real goal is to be in top form for the grass season, particularly for Wimbledon.
In addition to the British Major, Roger's other two seasonal goals will be the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open. In anticipation of Roger Federer’s long-awaited return to the tour, ATP recently spoke with two 'superfans' about their bond with the Swiss.
One of those superfans is India’s Sunita Sugita, who has been supporting Federer since 2003 and has also watched over 100 matches of the 20-time Major champion.
Sugita talks about Roger Federer
While speaking with ATPtour.com, Sunita Sugita listed out the reasons that drew her to Roger Federer.
According to her, the Swiss legend is a magnetic and warm person who treats his fans like they were his family. "There is something so special and charming about him," Sugita said. "His game is there of course, the grace with which he plays.
When you meet him, there is something that pulls you to him. You just get attracted to him, the way he treats us, he makes you feel like you are a part of his extended family." Sunita Sugita also believes that Roger Federer's injury and subsequent rehabilitation period were a blessing in disguise, as they ensured that he wasn't forced to travel and expose himself to the dreaded coronavirus.
"I didn’t want him travelling at a time like this because I don’t want him to catch coronavirus," Sugita said. "It was a relief to know that I didn’t have to worry [about Roger getting sick] for the rest of the year."