“Hate to Destroy the Narrative”- Roger Federer’s Biographer Disregards Mirka’s Influence on Australian Open 2021 Withdrawal

January 9, 2021 1:09 am

If there was one reason why fans were so excited about the Australian Open 2021, that was because of the return of Roger Federer. However, it was a heartbreaking moment for them when Federer recently withdrew from the Grand Slam in Melbourne. To add to this, there has been some recent controversy on the issue.

According to an Australian Open official, Federer withdrew from the tournament not because of his injury, but due to his family’s worries and quarantine problems. The official also said that it was not Federer’s but his wife Mirka’s decision.

However, Simon Graf, the biographer of the Swiss Maestro, didn’t agree with this. He believed that Federer would have definitely played if he was completely fit for the tournament.

“I hate to destroy the narrative. But, Roger Federer would have definitely played at the Australian Open had he been fit to compete at the level he wished for.” wrote Graf on Twitter.

Graf was quite sure that it was the knee injury that didn’t allow Federer to return to tennis on time and not any other issues. He clearly falsified all the claims made by the official about Federer and Mirka.

“Will play in Dubai mid-March”- Simon Graf on Roger Federer

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his victory over David Goffin of Belgium in the Rolex Shanghai Masters at the Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 10, 2019, in Shanghai, China. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Graf also updated the fans about some really good and positive news. He revealed that Federer would definitely play at the Dubai Tennis Championships 2021.

“I am quite optimistic, though, he will play in Dubai mid March,” added Graf.

Federer has not played a professional tennis match for one year now. He looked certain to make a comeback at the Australian Open 2021, but it could not happen due to some reasons. However, as pointed out, fans will get to watch him play in Dubai in March.

With Federer not playing in Melbourne, he now has only three Grand Slams in the year. As he doesn’t have a great record at the US Open and French Open in the last decade, he will surely target the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Will Federer win his 21st Grand Slam title in 2021?

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Anshul Singh

Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture. Being an ardent follower of the Swiss maestro Roger Federer, Anshul is willing to pay anything to watch him play. Other than sports, Anshul is an ardent debater and has also chaired several Model United Nations across the country.

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