“Hope It Will Never Be Repeated”: Tournament Director Takes a Dig at Roger Federer For Never Showing Up in Acapulco

Published 03/16/2021, 2:20 PM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Roger Federer recently made his comeback at the Qatar Open 2021 after almost 13 months. The Swiss Maestro managed to reach the quarters of the tournament but lost a close contest against Nikoloz Basilashvili. Even though Federer couldn’t win the tournament, it was surely an amazing moment for fans to witness their superstar on the court once again.

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Although Roger Federer made a comeback at the Qatar Open 2021, he is not fully fit at the moment. Thus, he has decided to withdraw from the ongoing Dubai Tennis Championships 2021.

The problem with most of the players is that both Dubai Tennis Championships and the Mexican Open take place at the same time. Thus, players can only take part in one of them at a moment. Federer has always been with the Dubai Tennis Championships and the director of the Mexican Open, Raul Zurutuza, is quite unhappy with Federer for this.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

“That story of Roger who never came to Mexico because of the Dubai issue, I hope it will never be repeated with another player. It is important that each player can be in as many tournaments, said Zurutuza in a recent interview.

Zurutuza certainly believes that Federer should have at least traveled for the Acapulco Open one time. He also claimed that it would be great if every player could play as many tournaments as possible.

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“There are many players that one as a director would like to have”- Raul Zurutuza on big players like Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are the two players who usually prefer to play in Dubai than in Mexico. On the other hand, Rafael Nadal is an integral part of the Mexico Open and has even won the tournament three times. However, the Spaniard will miss the event this time due to an injury. It is possibly because of this reason that the director is a little bit frustrated and might have taken a jibe at Federer.

MASON, OHIO – AUGUST 15: Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his match with Andrey Rublev of Russia. Day 6 of the Western and Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15, 2019, in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

“There are many players that one as a director would like to have,” added Zurutuza.

With most of the players missing the tournament, Stefanos Tsitsipas will be starting as the top-seeded player at the Mexican Open 2021. Zurutuza emphasized that the Greek player is a super relaxed guy.

“I think it was good, I saw him happy and I greeted him at the airport. He is a super relaxed guy, very light and I hope he falls in love with Mexico,” concluded the director.

The Mexican Open 2021 is going right now and it will be intriguing to see who wins the tournament this time. Will Tsitsipas be able to lift his maiden title of the season at the Mexican Open 2021?

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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.

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