Tennis legend Todd Woodbridge said while the 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer’s withdrawal from the Australian Open 2021 was a huge disappointment, we might not see again Swiss in down under major event.
A few days ago, Former World No.1 Federer announced that he would miss the first Grand Slam event of the year due to knee injury. Roger has played in the Australian Open’s main draw since 2000 while he has won six titles.
Even though RF might not play again in Melbourne’s major event, the 2020 season would be the last, where he did not win the semi-final match against eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
“It’s a big disappointment for everyone, including himself, and it quite possibly means we won’t see Roger competing in Australia again at a grand slam, which is a great loss,” Todd Woodbridge said.
Australian continued, “It’s a loss that was expected, but I think we all would have liked it to have come on his terms, and not by the way it’s come about. The difficulty for him, I think, has been fitness obviously, but also quarantining. In the end, that was probably the tipping point that made him decide not to come.”
“Would Be To Play at the Olympics and Wimbledon”: Todd Woodbridge on Federer’s Goals
Roger recently revealed his comeback goals in an interview. Therein, he said that he would like to play in the Tokyo Olympic Games and the Championship in SW19. Whereas Federer did not win the singles Gold medal in the Olympics, he is a leading title winner in Wimbledon(8).
“His goals, I assume, would be to play at the Olympics and Wimbledon. Wimbledon is the major that I see him being able to win at this stage of his career”, Todd added.
Speaking about Federer’s retirement, the 49-years-old Australian said, “At this point, it’s too hard to tell. It all rests on how the COVID schedule plays out. For Roger to continue, he’ll have to be able to manage his body when he does come back.”
However, the 39-years-old began preparing for his return, and we hope that he would swing his racquet as much as he can.