James Blake Reacts to Roger Federer Withdrawing From Miami Open 2021

Published 03/03/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Roger Federer (SUI) during the French Open Tennis at Stade Roland-Garros, Paris. (Credit: Jon Bromley | MI News) (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


It was quite a disappointing moment for fans when Roger Federer decided to withdraw from the Miami Open 2021. Fans were expecting that they might see Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Federer together at the same event after a long time.

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However, it appears that the Swiss Maestro isn’t fully ready for the ATP 1000 Masters tournament yet. Recently, James Blake, Tournament Director of the Miami Open 2021, said that he hopes that Roger Federer would return to the Miami Open 2021.

He believes that he might reconsider his plan of withdrawal from the event. “We certainly would have loved Roger to return to Miami to defend his title,” said Blake in a recent interview.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his singles match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain. Day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Federer has won the Miami Open 2021 4 times. He also won it in 2019, the last time it took place, after defeating John Isner in the finals.

As the tournament didn’t take place in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Federer would be starting as the defending champion if he comes back.

Although Blake expressed a desire of having Federer in Miami, he admitted that he would want Roger to be 100% fit before that.

“However, as a former player, I understand that you need to travel and playing schedule to properly work your way back to 100 percent fitness when coming off an injury,” added the former World No.4.

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Blake recognized the Swiss Maestro’s contributions to the sport. He also highlighted that it would be great for tennis if he would continue to play more and more.

“Roger is an incredible ambassador for the sport. So, the longer he is able to play on tour, the better it is for all of tennis,” concluded the tournament director.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against David Goffin of Belgium. Day six of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

As of now, fans are quite excited to watch Federer play at the Qatar Open 2021. The hard-court tournament will begin soon, and Federer will surely be looking forward to making an incredible comeback.

Roger Federer is on the 5th spot in the ATP rankings right now and will lose 1000 points if he misses the Miami Open 2021. Will Federer take Blake’s suggestion and change his plans about the ATP 1000 Masters event?

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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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