“Quite Risky to Play”: Andy Murray Comes Out in Support of Roger Federer Following His French Open 2021 Withdrawal

Published 06/06/2021, 4:47 PM EDT
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Andy Murray congratulates winner, Roger Federer on victory following their match during Andy Murray Live at The Hydro on November 7, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Andy Murray Live)


20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer, who announced his decision to withdraw from the on-going French Open after a heavy-weight contest against Dominik Koepfer, has left Paris to prepare for the upcoming grass-court season.

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The Swiss Maestro will play the Noventi Open(also known as Halle Open) along with the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, and Alexander Zverev, etc.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Andy Murray voices his support for Roger Federer after the latter’s decision to skip French Open 2021

Prioritizing grass court seasons due to immense success on the surface, Federer decided to pull out of Roland Garros to give himself some time before hitting the courts again.

This decision of Federer to skip the French Open has been receiving mixed reactions from tennis fans. While some people argue that the Swiss star earned the right to withdraw from any competition due to his services to the sport, others opined that the decision disrespects the organizers and several players.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 25: Andy Murray of Great Britain shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after Murray won their semifinal match during day twelve of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Amidst mixed reactions, Andy Murray came out in support of Federer’s decision, and tweeted, “In Basketball, football etc when returning from injury players are given reduced minutes to build up their fitness. In tennis you don’t have that luxury of just playing a set in first match then 2 sets the next etc and building up that way.” 

Murray, who is finding it really hard to play continuous tennis owing to lack of physical fitness, might have empathized with what Federer went through after two knee surgeries last year.

“Sensible decision from him” – Murray on Federer’s withdrawal

Id argue that it’s quite risky to play multiple 4hr matches in a row in your 2nd tournaments back in 18 months so to me it makes sense to be reactive based on how your body feels, length of matches etc. Sensible decision from him”, added Murray.

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Even during the third-round match between Roger Federer and Dominik Koepfer, the two-time Wimbledon Champion praised the Swiss for keeping up a spirited fight in a stadium with no fans.

Andy Murray has decided to skip the upcoming Nottingham Challenger event on grass as he wasn’t fully fit to compete. The Brit could start his Wimbledon preparation by playing the Queen’s Club Championships, which is scheduled to start from the 14th of this month.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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