Roger Federer will not be at the start of the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, the first major event on clay, scheduled from 10 to 18 April. The Swiss, who returned to the circuit last week with the Doha tournament, is not on the entry list.
His absence is no surprise: King Roger is concentrating on physical work to better prepare for the season on grass. If he changes his mind Federer could still ask for a wild card. Former WTA number 1 Simona Halep recently lavished rich praise on Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, highlighting some of the unique qualities of the two players.
Halep believes that Djokovic is an exemplary sportsperson with remarkable resilience, especially when faced with an injury, while Federer is a 'genius'
Halep on Roger Federer
"Novak Djokovic is an exemplary athlete," Simona Halep said.
"His strength to stay on the field, not to give up, even if he has small pains, calls the doctor and so on. The fact that he is just as well-motivated is still to be appreciated." Moving on to Roger Federer, Simona Halep revealed that she has 'always admired' the Swiss legend.
He believes that Federer will continue to remain active on tour for some more time, citing his incredible passion for tennis. "I've always admired Federer, he's a genius from my point of view," Halep added.
"I think he will play for a while, it is clear that he does it with passion." Simona Halep further pointed out that Roger Federer has largely witnessed an injury-free career due to his relatively effortless game.
She then drew a contrast with Rafael Nadal, who has suffered a great many physical issues due to his style of play. "Federer did not have so many injuries because tennis is easy for him," Halep said." Nadal has a greater game of wear, and that is why he was more prone to injuries."
Even the mighty historic Wimbledon Championships fell prey to the coronavirus in 2020. Now the organizers are determined to hold the Grand Slam in 2021, albeit with certain changes. In an update released by Wimbledon, the organizers are looking ahead to welcome spectators back at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
And after conversations with the health officials, they have decided to have a reduced number of spectators for 2021. “We are continuing to work closely with the UK Government, public health authorities, and the rest of the sport with the ambition of welcoming spectators safely to sports events this summer”.