Roger Federer Opts to Miss Monte Carlo Masters Again and Focus on Wimbledon

Published 03/16/2021, 2:55 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives for a practice during Day Ten of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)


The 2021 tennis season has gotten off to a running start with some sensational encounters so far. However, some sad news has materialized for the fans excited about the big tournaments coming up ahead. Chiefly, the Swiss maestro Roger Federer and Canadian star Denis Shapovalov have withdrawn from the Monte-Carlo Masters 2021.

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland has not played the tournament since making a comeback in 2016. Moreover, it is also one of the titles missing from the 39-year-old’s cabinet to date. Also, watching Federer on a clay court is a one-of-a-kind experience. But Federer seems to be looking forward to preparing for his favorite part of the year, the grass-court season.

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory with the trophy after the men’s singles final match against Andy Roddick of the USA on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. Federer won 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Denis Shapovalov‘s reason for withdrawal is still unknown, but it could be for resting purposes. The 21-year-old is presently competing in his fourth tournament of the year, the ATP Dubai Open 2021.

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Additionally, the Canadian made his maiden appearance in Dubai, which shows that he is indeed looking to gain experience. He will play the Miami Masters starting March 22, but Federer will not even play that.

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Roger Federer, 39, made his return to tennis at the Qatar Open 2021 against Dan Evans. Surprisingly, the Swiss maestro played as if he had never taken the 13-month break or undergone two knee surgeries.

Although he did not make it past the second round, the fire and ice in him are still present. After his exit, he announced that he would focus his time on training and thus withdrew from the following tournaments.

Tennis – ATP 250 – Qatar Open – The Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar – March 10, 2021, Switzerland’s Roger Federer wearing a mask as he walks out before his first-round match against Great Britain’s Dan Evans Tennis Federation/Samer Al-Rejjal/Handout via REUTERS

Most importantly, Federer wants to win the Wimbledon and thus aims to be at a 100% before that. He is also eyeing his long-awaited dream of winning an Olympic Gold medal.

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While experts claim that it would not be easy for him to win a Major, they also vouch for him. After all, Roger has achieved the feat once before in 2017 when everyone thought he could not do it.

Hopefully, the Swiss maestro will be ready in time for Wimbledon and play the perfect endnote to his illustrious career. Do you think he can win his 21st Grand Slam this year?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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