After officially announcing that he will be present at the Roland Garros and the ATP tournament in Geneva, the Swiss champion and current number 8 in the world Roger Federer has announced that he will not participate in the Masters 1000 in Madrid.
A news that certainly does not make fans happy but that everyone feared after the announcement of the Swiss that he would participate in the Geneva tournament before facing Roland Garros. Roger Federer thus prefers to prepare at home, in a tournament not many kilometers away from his birthplace where there will certainly not be all the big names on the circuit (we are talking about a 250 tournament on clay) and certainly where there will be no pressures that could entail.
a possible crossing with his great rivals, the number one in the world Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Currently the tennis player does not seem ready to challenge the two still at the top of world tennis, in the Doha tournament he showed a good condition and won a match against Evans but was then eliminated in the quarter-finals of the tournament losing to the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili : Federer had an inconsistent pace in that match and although he also had the chance to play a match point on his opponent's serve in the third set, he was eliminated with Basilashvili who then managed to win (even a bit surprisingly) the tournament .
The organizers of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 themselves announced the forfeit of the Swiss who initially joined the official tournament list. Dreams, however, went in vain especially by the Spanish fans of the twenty-time Grand Slam winner and in his place the Serbian tennis player Miomir Kecmanovic enters the draw.
Now the fans of the Swiss champion are preparing to see him again in the ATP tournament in Geneva with Roger who will use these tournaments above all as a preparation: the Swiss will hardly be able to triumph at Roland Garros but rather will work towards the main objectives of the season, or the Wimbledon tournament.
and the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games where Roger Federer will aim to win the gold medal in singles for the first time in his career.
ATP Stuttgart Director: "We can convince Roger Federer to..."
For the second consecutive year, the Roland Garros has been the protagonist of a shift from its original dates.
In 2020, countless controversies were unleashed following the unilateral choice of the Parisian Slam to move between September and October, given that it would have been impossible to organize the tournament in full lockdown in May.
This year the situation does not look much better, considering that France has had to close everything again to cope with the sudden surge in infections. Above all for this reason, it was decided to postpone the start of the French Open for a week, which will therefore start on May 30th.
It follows that all the other events, especially those on grass-courts that precede Wimbledon, will have to find a solution in order not to see the main draw mutilated by the French giant. Among the victims of the skid there is certainly the Stuttgart ATP event, scheduled from 7 to 13 June.
During an interview with Kicker in recent days, German tournament director Edwin Weindorfer expressed his bitterness at how the situation was handled. "Obviously I can't hide that I'm very angry. The Roland Garros did it all by itself again.
We will not let that week be stolen from us," Weindorfer said, suggesting that he will not give up so easily. Despite the evolution of the calendar, Edwin remains confident that he can persuade some top players to go to Stuttgart.
"You need to be able to react quickly in these unstable times. Maybe Roger Federer or Andy Murray understand that the proximity between Roland Garros and Wimbledon does not help them, or they leave the scene in the first week in Paris," he analyzed.
In fact, the presence of King Roger in the second Grand Slam of the season is anything but obvious. It seems difficult for the 20-time Grand Slam champion to jeopardize his preparation for a tournament in which he has very little chance of winning. The same argument could also apply to Murray.