Roger Federer withdraws from the 2021 French Open amid injury concern

Jonathan Davies in French Open 06 Jun 2021
Federer wishes to focus his efforts on a ninth Wimbledon title (PA Images)

Roger Federer has withdrawn from this year’s French Open ahead of his fourth-round clash with Matteo Berrettini.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion says he has pulled out of the event in order to protect his body and focus his efforts on challenging for a ninth Wimbledon title later this month.

Federer, who was involved in a late-night finish against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer on Saturday, told journalists in his post-match press conference that he was contemplating withdrawing from the second major of the season.

The four-set victory over Koepfer was only the sixth match the 39-year-old has played in the last 16 months; during which period he has undergone two knee surgeries.

And ahead of facing ninth seed Berrettini, who subsequently receives a bye into the quarter-finals, 2009 French Open champion Federer informed tournament officials of his desire to drop out of the event as a precaution.

The Swiss ace confirmed the news on Twitter to his 12.6 million followers.

“After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of the French Open today,” he posted.

“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 better feeling that being back on court.

“See everyone soon!”

Guy Forget, French Open tournament director, added: “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.”

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