Roger Federer’s Agent Tony Godsick Reveals Real Reason Behind Miami Open 2021 Withdrawal

Published 03/02/2021, 2:30 PM EST
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 05: Roger Federer during the arrival press conference in Cape Town ahead of The Match in Africa against Rafael Nadal at Cape Town International Airport on February 05, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images/Getty Images)


Former World No. 1 player, Roger Federer has not played a competitive tennis match for over a year. His semifinal loss against Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open 2020 was his last match on Tour. The Swiss superstar had to undergo two knee surgeries during this period.

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Recently his agent, Tony Godsick, gave an update regarding the tournaments Federer would be seen at in the present year. Godsick did reveal that Roger will not be playing at the Miami Open and will take a ‘training break’. The Swiss master is the defending champion as the event was canceled last year and not being a part of it will result in him losing 1000 points. 

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 20: (L-R) Serena Williams of the United States speaks to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Stadium Court at the Hard Rock Stadium, before the first match of the Miami Open on March 20, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Would be taxing for Roger Federer to play in Miami after Doha and Dubai

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After confirming his participation at the ATP Doha Open and the Dubai Tennis Championships, it would be strenuous for the 39-year-old player to compete in Miami soon after. Federer is making a comeback after a long duration, and it would be wise to not overexert himself after a lengthy period. 

If Roger plays both events, in Doha and then in the following week in Dubai, it could hamper his progress for the remainder of the season. The Swiss tennis player wishes to play the clay-court tournaments, something he has not done consistently in recent years. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates a point against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

After that, he will shift focus for his beloved grass-court season, specifically the Wimbledon Championships. He is the most successful player, winning the competition nine times. 

Coming back to the Miami Open, Federer will be missed by the fans. However, the presence of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic along with Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will be a treat for the fans. Besides Roger, the event will feature a list of star-studded players.  

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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