Roger Federer has removed “Respectfully” from the French Open, Fan says.  Andy Murray responds to the tennis news

Roger Federer has removed “Respectfully” from the French Open, Fan says. Andy Murray responds to the tennis news

World Cup 1 Andy Murray has backed Roger Federer’s sensible decision after two knee surgeries to protect his body from the French Open. The three-time major champion made the right analogy and compared it to other major sports such as tennis, football and basketball; players returning from injury are given reduced minutes to complete their season, but that’s not what tennis is all about. Murray tweeted that he was responding to other players who said Federer’s decision was “disrespectful”.

“In basketball, football, etc. when you come back from injury players give you reduced minutes to build their season. In tennis you don’t have the luxury of playing one set in the first game, then 2 sets in the next, etc. And building that way,” Murray tweeted.

“I argue that it’s pretty dangerous to play multiple consecutive 4-hour games in your second tournament in 18 months, so it makes sense to me how your body feels, the length of matches, etc. His decision to be sensible is reactive.” he continued.

On Sunday, despite reaching the fourth round where the 20-time major champion announced his retirement from Roland Garros, he decided to focus on his main goal of winning his ninth Wimbledon title.

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“After discussing it with my team, I decided to leave the French Open today,” Federer said in a statement released by the French Tennis Federation.

“After undergoing two knee surgeries and more than a year of rehabilitation, it’s important to listen to my body and not get into competition,” the 39-year-old Swiss added.


Tournament director Guy Forget said: “The Roland Garros tournament feels like it was a huge fight last night due to the retirement of Roger Federer.”

“We were all delighted to see Roger in Paris, who played three top-level games. We wish him the best of the season.”

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