Defending champion Roger Federer pulls out of Miami Open, says report

Defending champion Roger Federer pulls out of Miami Open, says report

Federer’s withdrawal is a blow to organizers of the Miami event, who had been compelled to cancel final yr’s occasion as Covid-19 chaos left sport in North America at a standstill.

Defending champion Roger Federer pulls out of Miami Open, says report

File picture of Roger Federer. AP

Defending champion Roger Federer has withdrawn from this month’s Miami Open as he works his method again to full health following surgical procedures to restore his proper knee, US media reported on Monday.

The 39-year-old Swiss star, who has not performed since dropping within the semi-finals of final yr’s Australian Open, is because of make his return from a year-long layoff on the Qatar Open in Doha subsequent week.

Nonetheless, the Miami Herald cited Federer’s agent Tony Godsick as saying on Monday that the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion had opted to skip the Miami event for scheduling causes.

The Herald stated Federer might play in Dubai after Doha however would then take a coaching break.

Federer’s withdrawal is a blow to organizers of the Miami event, who had been compelled to cancel final yr’s occasion as COVID-19 chaos left sport in North America at a standstill.

The pandemic has already impacted the 2021 calendar, delaying the Australian Open and forcing the Indian Wells event in California — the normal lead-in to the Miami Open — out of its normal slot in March.

Miami continues to be anticipated to characteristic a powerful subject regardless of Federer’s withdrawal, with world primary Novak Djokovic and 20-time Grand Slam-winner Rafael Nadal confirmed for the boys’s draw.

Serena Williams and newly minted Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka are additionally slated to look within the girls’s draw.

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