REPORTS: Roger Federer Involved in ATP’s Decision to Cancel Events

Published 03/19/2020, 2:19 PM EDT
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The chain reaction of coronavirus has shut numerous ventures on the planet. As a consequence, the tennis tour’s suspension has also got extended. Reportedly, World Number four Roger Federer was involved in the cancellation decisions taken by the governing body of tennis.

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“Roger was one of the first to contact us to make sure the right thing was done,” said ATP board member Mark Knowles. BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California was the first tennis event to be canceled amid coronavirus pandemic.

Later, the organizers of the following tournaments were willing to avoid the cancelation of their events. But, as per sources, Roger Federer advised the board for the initial six-week suspension on the ATP Tour (until April 27, 2020).

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Roger Federer

Roger Federer retains his ranking

Even before the thought of cancelation of tournaments came into the picture, Roger Federer signed up for an extended mid-season break. In February, he underwent surgery on his right knee, and later, step back from defending his titles in Dubai and Miami.

He planned to stay away from the European clay-court swing and resume his tour on the grass. Roger was all prepared to drop 3180 ATP points and leave the top-five rankings.

But, with the COVID-19 pandemic calling off the Sunshine Double and European clay season, and ATP freezing the rankings, Federer will only lose 500 points from Dubai. He will be ranked fourth in the world with 6630 points, once he restarts his wizardry on the court.

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In a nutshell, the untimely break on the ATP circuit has prevented the loss of Federer’s ranking points. The tournaments will be starting from June 8, 2020, and the grass-court events will take place as per the schedule.

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The Swiss legend Federer will be defending his title in Halle and then fly to lawns of SW19 for Wimbledon. Before Halle Open, he might plan to play on the grass-courts of Stuttgart, Germany.

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