News that hurts the world of tennis. The organization of the Cincinnati Masters 1000 announced that Roger Federer He will not play the next edition of the tournament due to a knee injury. Indeed, his trip to Toronto was also ruled out and it remains in doubt whether he will be able to participate in the US Open, which starts in less than a month and will be reached without a rhythm of competition if you want to play it.
Roger Federer will miss @NBOToronto & @CincyTennis due to a knee injury.
– ATP Tour (@atptour) August 5, 2021
“Unfortunately I suffered a setback with my knee during the grass tour,” the Swiss had commented a few days after his elimination in the Wimbledon quarterfinals against Hubert Hurkacz in three sets and with a donut included in the third. Federer’s balance in 2021 is nine wins and four falls in five competitions (Doha, Geneva, Roland Garros, Halle and the aforementioned Wimbledon).
Three days away from celebrating his 40th birthday, Federer’s career seems to be starting to wind down. Although he will continue to try and will seek to close his tennis life in the best possible way, physical problems are not giving him respite and in a very sensitive area such as the knee, essential for supports, movements and transfers within a court.
Despite not having ruled it out yet, the 20-time Grand Slam champion put his participation in New York on hold and the future of his calendar will be in limbo. Barring an invitation to join the Winston Salem ATP 250, he will enter a best-of-five-set event without touching a ball in an official match since July, a situation that would put his aspirations to victory at risk.