Roger Federer was supposed to make the 2016 Miami Open his comeback tournament after injury and surgery the previous month but the Swiss tennis star has confirmed he is not 100 percent healthy yet and will have to pull out of the ATP tournament set from March 21 to April 3, 2016.
Federer said in a statement that he is disappointed with the development especially for the fans who were anticipating his return to the tennis court.
“I feel bad for the tournament and the fans, as I have rarely ever had to withdraw at such short notice. I have not felt great for a few days and unfortunately it got worse in the last 24 hours. I was really excited to have my comeback in Miami, but I am in no condition to play. I tried to warm up this morning, but it was clear that I could not compete,” Federer said via New York Times about a stomach virus.
Roger Federer is still enjoying his stay in Miami despite missing the tennis tournament posting on social media of his visit to the Florida city in the United States.
Days before the start of the tournament, the Swiss posted messages on Facebook about his intent to return and showed images of him practicing for the tournament.
However, it appears the World No. 3 is still not ready for a return and does not want to rush back and risk of aggravating the injury he suffered in the last 2016 Australian Open, his last tennis tournament before going under the knife.
Roger Federer was one of the top seeds for the 2016 Miami Open along with rivals Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka.
Despite missing the tournaments the past months, Federer is still considered one of the elite players in the tour so his absence will be greatly missed by tennis fans and his rivals in the tennis tournament in Miami.
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Roger Federer