Roger Federer will be the big absentee at the Australian Open 2021 which, amid many difficulties linked to the pandemic and restrictions, will start on February 8th 2021 in Melbourne Park. Thanks to the strict protocols imposed by the Australian government and the imperfect condition of his knee, the former world number 1 decided to take some more time before returning to the field.
According to the latest rumors, the Swiss Maestro could make his come back to one of the fast-paced tournaments following the Australian Open, perhaps in Rotterdam or Dubai (where Federer also has a home). The 20-time Grand Slam champion will be looking to be 100% matched for Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, which could be the latest goals in his exceptional career.
Roger was recently featured in a video chat for the Wilson racket brand, in which he was asked to analyze the impact of serve-and-volley in modern tennis. Accompanying Federer was his former coach Stefan Edberg, considered one of the best players at the net of all times.
Roger Federer: "We need to increase the speed of the courts"
"First of all, I am of the opinion that the manager should be the first to encourage his player to go to the net. You can't always stay on the baseline," said the eight-time Wimbledon champion.
"Tournament directors also have a significant influence on the course of matches. If all tournament directors wish to have slow conditions, then forget about serving-and-volley. I think it would be nice to have some variety in terms of court speed.
I'm not saying I just want fast courts, but I think, if there were more surface differences, players would be forced to adapt and the show would benefit. If a return to serve-and-volley is desired, it is necessary to increase the speed of the courts first of all.
There is no other solution, and I think some have done it," continued Federer, who has maintained a place in the Top 5 thanks to the new ranking system. We have to recall that the Australian Open 2021, this year, will be played in early February, and not in January, due to the quarantine that all players will have to play respect once you arrive in Australia.
ovak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.
It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world.