“Always Upholds Fair Play”: Swiss Olympic Gold Medalist Clears the Fuss About Roger Federer’s French Open 2021 Withdrawal

Published 06/09/2021, 5:59 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his first round match against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer made his return to Grand Slams at the French Open 2021. It was his first Grand Slam appearance since his exit at the Australian Open 2020. During that period, he underwent two knee surgeries, which kept him out of action for a lengthy period. 

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He played three matches in Paris this season and won them all. However, before his fourth match, Federer decided to pull out of the event as he did not want to overexert himself since he has come back after two surgeries. He also isn’t young anymore and will turn 40 in August. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his second round match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

There was a lot of debate surrounding his withdrawal and his good friend and compatriot Marc Rosset spoke on the matter and cleared the air. He said, “You can’t accuse Roger of not having done much for tennis. And I think he always upholds fair play. Even in this situation. He could also have said he hurt his shoulder.”

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Tennis is indebted to Roger Federer

Over the years, the Swiss maestro has contributed immensely to tennis. He has always led by example and proven to be a true ambassador of the sport. With his current withdrawal, Federer chose not to frame a story but was transparent about the present situation. Given his situation, his case is unique as he has dealt with serious problems as he nears the twilight of his career. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – July 14: Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the Men’s Singles Final on Centre Court during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Rosset further added, “So many players withdraw and invent some injury. Roger didn’t do that, he openly told it like it is. Of course, his forfeit is a shock for people. Especially since it’s a Grand Slam. But when you come back after 15 months and 2 knee operations, at 39, it’s a special case.”

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Presently, Federer has returned home. He will soon head towards Halle to begin his preparations for the grass-court season. Everyone is well aware of his affair with Wimbledon and he intends to give his 100% in southwest London. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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