Roger Federer, the legendary Swiss Tennis star has announced his decision to withdraw from the ongoing French Open tournament. The World Number 8, made it to the third round of the Roland Garros this year. However, quoting his road to recovery, he has decided to pull out on Sunday.
Taking to his Twitter handle, the 39-year-old wrote, “After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of the French Open today. After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery.”
“I am thrilled to have gotten 3 matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court. See everyone soon!”
In the third round, Federer defeated 59th-ranked Dominik Koepfer 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-5. Federer was scheduled to play Italy’s No. 9 seed Matteo Berrettini in the fourth round on Monday.
As a result, 9th-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini receives a walkover into the quarter-finals, where he awaits either world No.1 Novak Djokovic or 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti.
Following the news, tournament director Guy Forget said, “The Roland-Garros tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last night. We were all delighted to see Roger back in Paris, where he played three high-level matches. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”