After appearing to hint at it on Saturday, Roger Federer has now confirmed and made official his withdraw from this year’s Roland Garros.
The Swiss player has been struggling with his right knee which has been operated on twice in little over a year.
This came after a gruelling four-setter against Dominik Kopefer on Saturday, which lasted over three-and-a-half hours.
Federer intimated he might have to consider whether he could continue.
On Sunday, the 39-year-old took the decision that in order to not risk a major setback.
He should pull out in order to continue his recovery and come back stronger, with an eye on Wimbledon, always a favourite of his.
“After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of Roland Garros today,” said Roger Federer.
He shared this in a statement he shared on social media.
“After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it’s important that I listen to my body.”
“I want to make sure that I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery.”
“I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt.”
“There is no greater feeling than being back on court,” he added.