Federer to miss 2021 AO

Robert F

Professional
not sure why its going to take a year to come back from a couple of arththroscopic procedures...
Some people get the meniscus cleaned up and all is fine. Other people it winds up becoming and ongoing problem. If just a little piece was wiggling around causing discomfort and occasional lock up, then a simple clip and all is almost better right away. If he had a large tear or a lot of mini ones, it might lead to recurrent tears or less meniscus there causing more stabilization issues. Ligaments could also be part of it.
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
probably best he didn’t play the AO.. that would have been crazy to see a top player like federer take 12 mo. off and come back a year later at the same GS where his last match was with no match preparation.. i don’t think that’s ever been done before..
 

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
So, how much money did Tennis Australia pay Federer for him to announce he was going to come play the AO 2021?

When seriously, the real likelihood of him coming was close to zero anyway. No way Mirka was going the let the Family man travel half way around the world during a Global Pandemic.

Federer's only chance for another Major is Wimbledon. He should focus on trying to win one of the next two Wimbledons. He should also announce his impending Retirement later in 2021 and then embark on a Global Farewell Tour in 2022 so that all his fans can Thank him for his service. (While keeping his options open to play Wimbledon 2023 as a Wild Card if he feels up to it.)
 

Oceans

Rookie
Unfortunate news. Would've liked him to take out Thiem/Medvedev in the quarters and other danger men. Actually think he would be better off skipping all non-grass slams if he wants to save his records from Djokodal.
 

ForehandCross

Hall of Fame
It's been a long journey. I wasn't a part of it and I have struggled to overall like him, but what he has done deserves respect.

The beginning of the end, and most probably this time no miracles.

But Here's hoping that he is in the best of his health after his comeback.
 

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
What's his knee problem anyways ? Meniscus ?
It’s got to be some kind of ligament surgery as I doubt any meniscus surgery will take eight months to recover. Or a silent ban:happydevil:
The one thing is a cover story IMO. He's healthy and biding his time.

He’ll come back after Djokovic and Nadal retire to smash all their records.
This is absolutely not as crazy as it sounds.

Another year of crashing into each other is going to take a toll on Rafa and Djok. Plus, Djok hasn't won a slam since being infected.
 

aldeayeah

Legend
Trying to play ATP tennis on an almost retired, aka very part-time basis, is just not possible. Tennis players are not semi-retired business consultants.
Mostly because of the ranking/tournament entry rules. However, if a player is charismatic enough to get wild cards into his 40s... We'll see.:unsure:
 

D.Nalby12

Legend
Unfortunate. I thought one extra month would be enough to get himself in shape. But it seems nature of injury much severe than it is told. 13 months since last time he played Tennis still he is not ready. There is good possibility he may never return or even if he does it will be for few tournaments.
 
I'm not going to speculate on it anymore. When he returns, he returns. Was being cautiously optimistic but admittingly I thought that he would give it a shot. He needs more time obviously. Just want to see him play so yeah it's a little disappointing.
 

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
I'm amazed at the way so many of you are buying into the "story".

Roger did TA a huge favour announcing he was going to play AO2021 at a time when there was no guarantee that the event was even going to be staged. His work is done. Still would like to know how much he got paid for it. Downside is that a lot of people who would otherwise have attended the event will probably not bother to go. But given the spectator numbers are going to be restricted due to the pandemic, the financial loss on ticket sales isn't going to be as bad as it otherwise would be.

In the meantime, the AELTCC is in charge of Wimbledon. Roger, Pete and Bjorn are the never ending Darlings of Centre Court. Wimbledon would never deny Roger a slot at The Championships while he is keen to play. I reckon he would be welcome there for at least the next four years if he wanted it.
 

skypadq

Hall of Fame
I'm amazed at the way so many of you are buying into the "story".

Roger did TA a huge favour announcing he was going to play AO2021 at a time when there was no guarantee that the event was even going to be staged. His work is done. Still would like to know how much he got paid for it.

In the meantime, the AELTCC is in charge of Wimbledon. Roger, Pete and Bjorn are the never ending Darlings of Centre Court. Wimbledon would never deny Roger a slot at The Championships while he is keen to play. I reckon he would be welcome there for at least the next four years if he wanted it.
how do you know that story ?
 

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
Was being cautiously optimistic but admittingly I thought that he would give it a shot.
Imho, he was hedging his bets. There was no way he was going to come if he was subjected to the Quarantine Bubble conditions. I reckon he needs his family to be around him to perform at his peak anyway. He realised that wasn't going to happen so no point traveling to the other side of the world under those circumstances. Fair enough too.

how do you know that story ?
Common sense. And an understanding of what goes on in his mind after having followed him since the mid 1990s. It's my belief that he would have come if this had been a NORMAL Australian Open. He might be suffering from a knee niggle ... but it wouldn't have stopped him from coming in normal times. Didn't he play AO2020 under the same physical circumstances?

He is paid a huge appearence fee just to show up to the AO. Money for nothing and gives the family a nice holiday far away from the European winter.
 

skypadq

Hall of Fame
Imho, he was hedging his bets. There was no way he was going to come if he was subjected to the Quarantine Bubble conditions. I reckon he needs his family to be around him to perform at his peak anyway. He realised that wasn't going to happen so no point traveling to the other side of the world under those circumstances. Fair enough too.



Common sense. And an understanding of what goes on in his mind after having followed him since the mid 1990s. It's my belief that he would have come if this had been a NORMAL Australian Open. He might be suffering from a knee niggle ... but it wouldn't have stopped him from coming in normal times. Didn't he play AO2020 under the same physical circumstances?

He is paid a huge appearence fee just to show up to the AO. Money for nothing and gives the family a nice holiday far away from the European winter.
uhh ... okay i get that story ...
 
Imho, he was hedging his bets. There was no way he was going to come if he was subjected to the Quarantine Bubble conditions. I reckon he needs his family to be around him to perform at his peak anyway. He realised that wasn't going to happen so no point traveling to the other side of the world under those circumstances. Fair enough too.
That could definitely be part of it. Jumping straight into a slam after all this time could be another. Maybe a mixture of things that led to the decision. Hopefully it pays off later. We'll just have to see. I'm going to keep my expectations low until further notice now for sure though.
 

junior74

G.O.A.T.
I may want Nadal to own the slam record and GOAThood but that doesn't mean I want Federer out of commission. He is easily one of the most interesting, intriguing, entertaining etc. players on tour.
It's a little funny. We've been here for so long, we can tell immediately if people are just joking or being serious. I actually think to some degree, people soften up because of fellow poster's heartbreaks and joys.

The weakera I know can goof around, but is not the type of fan who hopes for empty draws to secure titles (y)
 

Krish0608

Hall of Fame
Unfortunate. I thought one extra month would be enough to get himself in shape. But it seems nature of injury much severe than it is told. 13 months since last time he played Tennis still he is not ready. There is good possibility he may never return or even if he does it will be for few tournaments.
No way is he prepping and training hard if that’s the case. It’s not diligent to comeback after 12 mo and play best of 5 on Hards. There is a risk that he’s moving too fast and might re-injure himself. That’sa risk he cannot afford to take at his age, especially considering that Wimbledon is his prime goal. He needs to take baby steps. Play a 500, then a masters and then hopefully Wimbledon. Federer is smart about these things.
I remember even when Rafa came back after injury lay-off in 2012, he skipped AO 13 and started it off with a clay swing in South America where he lost to Zeballos. And then he went on a on absolute tear dominating the clay and hard court season
So let’s give it more time. I feel confident he’ll play Dubai/Rotterdam.
 
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terribleIVAN

Hall of Fame
No worries, folks.

Fed will be back for Halle, win Wimbledon, then go undefeated for the rest of the season with historic titles at USO and WTF for a 40 year old.

In the process, he will regain the weeks nr 1 record from Novak, beat Connors' records of tournament wins and open era victories, and follow with a victory at AO 2022, for a Grand Schlem over 2 seasons.

It's in the bank.

Stay tuned.
 

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
So he's not gonna be ready to play more than a year after his initial surgery. What ze hell.

I don't buy the 'he won't play AO cause he can't win'. He's not gonna play if he can't physically play multiple Bo5 matches. And if he can't do that buy now, I don't think he'll be ready for a deep run at Wimbledon either.
 

ADuck

Hall of Fame
The AO is more than a month away so the fact that he's so sure that he won't be able to play right now is not a good sign. He must be in a really tough place right now.

I have faith he'll come back for sure but not sure at what level he'll be. I'm sure he's handling this better than Murray is too.
 

The Guru

Hall of Fame
12 whole months without any live Federer tennis what a bummer. I hope this isn't as ominous as it sounds. A 4 month timetable has now extended to almost a year. Very concerning for the future. I hope he can get back to at least a competitive top 10 level this year.
 

ChrisRF

Hall of Fame
So, how much money did Tennis Australia pay Federer for him to announce he was going to come play the AO 2021?

When seriously, the real likelihood of him coming was close to zero anyway. No way Mirka was going the let the Family man travel half way around the world during a Global Pandemic.
I also suspected that maybe he just doesn’t want to spend all the time in Australia due to quarantine. But why should Mirka be the one who decided that? Also remember there are many other family men who will play the AO, and who are not playing for the Slam record of course.

It's one of only two serious Slam chances per year for Federer at this stage, so surely it is a big miss.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
No way is he prepping and training hard if that’s the case. It’s not diligent to comeback after 12 mo and play best of 5 on Hards. There is a risk that he’s moving too fast and might re-injure himself. That’sa risk he cannot afford to take at his age, especially considering that Wimbledon is his prime goal. He needs to take baby steps. Play a 500, then a masters and then hopefully Wimbledon. Federer is smart about these things.
I remember even when Rafa came back after injury lay-off in 2012, he skipped AO 13 and started it off with a clay swing in South America where he lost to Zeballos. And then he went on a on absolute tear dominating the clay and hard court season
So let’s give it more time. I feel confident he’ll play Dubai/Rotterdam.
And how do you know he's prepping and training hard? We have no real idea of the intensity of his current workouts. Nadal was 25 back then and AO is his worst slam.

Fed is a 40 year old who won't play competitive tennis for over a year know and has had surgeries (unlike Nadal), a very different situation.
 

Sudacafan

Talk Tennis Guru
No worries, folks.

Fed will be back for Halle, win Wimbledon, then go undefeated for the rest of the season with historic titles at USO and WTF for a 40 year old.

In the process, he will regain the weeks nr 1 record from Novak, beat Connors' records of tournament wins and open era victories, and follow with a victory at AO 2022, for a Grand Schlem over 2 seasons.

It's in the bank.

Stay tuned.
Agree. And the only player that could stop him is Del Potro.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
The one thing is a cover story IMO. He's healthy and biding his time.



This is absolutely not as crazy as it sounds.

Another year of crashing into each other is going to take a toll on Rafa and Djok. Plus, Djok hasn't won a slam since being infected.
Djokovic and Nadal barely play each other these last few years. Playing each other in 2 matches in the whole year is gonna affect them now?
 

Krish0608

Hall of Fame
And how do you know he's prepping and training hard? We have no real idea of the intensity of his current workouts. Nadal was 25 back then and AO is his worst slam.

Fed is a 40 year old who won't play competitive tennis for over a year know and has had surgeries (unlike Nadal), a very different situation.
Agree with the age factor, but AO being Rafa's worst slam is hindsight knowledge. Definitely not the case back in 2012 - 2013 when he was heading into 2013 as an AO finalist (having lost to Djokovic by a whisker in '12). At that point, AO was a better HC slam for Rafa than even USO. I do agree that it's a whole different ball game coming back at 39. And hence, it makes all the more sense to pace your comeback and not do it in a GS event. There is just too much pressure and more chances of overplaying and even re-injuring yourself in a slam. That's not what Federer wants especially considering that Wimbledon is what he has his sights on. It is the right call IMO. We will get to see Roger in Rotterdam/Dubai in all probability.
 

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
Bery tough AO for true tennis fans.
TRUE fans of tennis want to see a diverse mix of players win Majors. Watching the same two or three players winning the Titles over and over does nothing to evolve the Sport. It is actually quite a sad indictment on the sport that it has been dominated in such a way over the past 15 years by the Big 3.

I, for one, really hope someone new wins AO2021. Preferably an Australian, but that's not going to happen any time soon unfortunately.

12 whole months without any live Federer tennis what a bummer.
LOL. Borg retired from the sport at 27yo. That was a HUGE bummer ! And Sampras retiring at 31yo wasn't that far behind.

Federer has well and truly overstayed his welcome ;)
 

ADuck

Hall of Fame
TRUE fans of tennis want to see a diverse mix of players win Majors. Watching the same two or three players winning the Titles over and over does nothing to evolve the Sport. It is actually quite a sad indictment on the sport that it has been dominated in such a way over the past 15 years by the Big 3.
I don't really agree, dominant players are good for the sport because I like to root for/against someone, and that's impossible to do if there's a different person winning every time. This is mostly why I haven't gotten into WTA, but I used to watch on occasion, for example whenever Serena Williams reaches a final I always root for her opponent to beat her. I started to become a fan of Kerber for that reason. I agree it becomes a problem when it goes on for too long like in the case of the Big 3, but that is partly because you can visibly see the quality of play deteriorating every successive year they play. I think everyone would have enjoyed seeing another ATG player or two emerge and take the mantle by force by beating a moderately good version of the Big 3 so we could at least have the illusion that tennis is evolving, but sadly that didn't happen. But in general, tennis is great when you have a rotating cast of a mix of characters, some dominant, some streaky, some consistent.
 

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
I like to root
I'm Australian and I can assure you that many of us here Down Under certainly like to do that as often as possible ;)

I think everyone would have enjoyed seeing another ATG player or two emerge and take the mantle by force
A very astute declaration. Over the decades we have seen this happen again and again and it did make the sport so much more enjoyable.

tennis is great when you have a rotating cast of a mix of characters
Yep. Got to agree with that.

A lot of the hype surrounding the Big 3 has a lot to do with the fact that a lot of modern society - especially younger members of First World Societies - live (relatively) hollow superficial lives and bind themselves to "Celebrity" to the point that it become a "crutch". The thought of losing that "crutch" is unpalatable. There is also a great resistance to "Change". Fans of the Big 3 are afraid of "change". They find it frightening often because it is a reminder that time is passing and we are all getting older.
 

USO

Hall of Fame
I never truly believed that he would be back at the AO because there has been no real footage of him training hard so I have to say I'm not shocked. :confused: I guess the goal now would be Wimbledon and The Olympics.

A very sad day because you could feel that there's a 50/50 chance he might not come back at all as he's not getting any younger. :cry:
 
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Start da Game

Hall of Fame
i think he is finally done, next year wimbledon could be his last slam and basel his last professional tournament........time to get real for his fans........del potro at 30 is struggling to make a comeback after surgery.........fed will be 40 next year, i don't see him pushing himself unnecessarily unlike murray........he is smart enough to know that 2019 wimbledon was his last great chance at a slam and he blew it and he will not get another chance with the field and his age catching up.........
 
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