Roger Federer has confirmed that he has withdrawn from the French Open, less than 24 hours after suggesting to the press he would need to consult with his team about playing his fourth-round tie against Matteo Berrettini on Monday.
Announcing via Twitter, the Swiss posted simultaneously alongside the official Roland Garros channels with the following statement:
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 three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court. See everyone soon!Federer's statement on the withdrawal
Since Federer suggested his further participation at the tournament was in doubt, it's been the question on everyone's lips, and it appears that he does not want to push his body too far after two serious knee operations last year.
The Swiss leaves Paris after scoring impressive wins over Denis Istomin, former US Open champion Marin Cilic and Dominik Koepfer that left fans waxing lyrical about his level after over a year away from the sport.
However, it's a decision that will undoubtedly divide opinion considering he will likely be back on the court in Halle in Germany which will begin a week tomorrow.
Personally, I'm agnostic on the decision not to play. Firstly it's obviously not a decision he will have taken lightly (therefore, you have to assume he felt some pain) and given it took two surgeries plus a ton of rehab work even to be able to step on the court; it would be pretty silly of him to push the envelope.
What do you guys think of his decision to withdraw? Let me know in the comments.