Roger Federer revealed at a press conference that he might leave before the next game, which made tennis shudder.
Roger Federer dropped a blockbuster at the French Open, revealing that he may have played the last game at the French Open.
The 39-year-old player went through four hours of torture on Sunday morning (Australian Eastern Standard Time), beating Dominik Koepfer 7-6 6-7 7-6 7-5 to enter fourth. Round, but did not end until 12.45 am local time.
After the game he said that he is now considering withdrawing from the French Open.
He said he might eventually accept that Sunday morning’s marathon victory might actually be the right way for him to say goodbye to the clay court in Paris.
“I need to decide whether to continue the game or whether this is the perfect way [to end],” he told reporters, According to Tumaini Carayol.
“Every game here or in Geneva, I have to re-evaluate the situation after the game to see how I wake up in the morning and how my knee feels the next morning. So from this perspective, it’s always like this. This way. There is no difference after the game”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 and only participated in his third game since the Australian Open last year. He has always said that Wimbledon is his top priority this year.
He will pursue his ninth title at the Wimbledon Open on June 28. He also plans to participate in the grass warm-up match in Halle on June 14 (the day after the French Open).
He is only two months away from his 40th birthday and will face Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the fourth round on Monday night.
The fantasy quarter-finals with Novak Djokovic may be waiting.
Sunday morning’s game (AEST) was played in an empty stadium Philippe Chatrier with no fans Due to the Covid-19 curfew imposed by the government.
Local restriction order earlier this week Caused fans to be kicked out of the stadium midway through the match In order to let the audience break the curfew at 9 o’clock in the evening.
As part of a new televised agreement, the absurd decision to start night games at 9pm (local time) has been under fire, but the outrage of the 39-year-old Federer may be that his last game at the French Open was empty. It’s just too much to push the stadium to 1 a.m.
As part of the new broadcast agreement, the French Open launched a night game for the first time this year, keeping the top game of the day for prime-time spectators, but the nationwide curfew has caused organizers to feel headaches about the schedule.
The French Tennis Federation (FFT) is the first of a three-year contract with Amazon Prime Video, which requires it to program the main game at night, when it was broadcast exclusively on the French streaming platform. Tournament director Guy Vogt told AFP.
However, the live broadcast of sports events in France is still in its infancy. Due to the curfew at 9pm, the organizers were forced to empty the stands at around 8:30pm to let these top-level matches go in the shadows.
Lifting the Covid-19 restrictions on June 9 will enable 5,000 spectators to participate in the first men’s quarter-finals, but this will be the only one of the 10 evening games featuring supporters.
— Agence France-Presse