Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Roger Federer to miss Rio Olympics, U.S. Open & rest of 2016 tennis season

Dear Fans,

I’m extremely disappointed to announce that I will not be able to represent Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Rio and that I will also miss the remainder of the season. Considering all options after consulting with my doctors and my team, I have made the very difficult decision to call an end to my 2016 season as I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year. The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover. It is tough to miss the rest of the year. However, the silver lining is that this experience has made me realize how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries. The love I have for tennis, the competition, tournaments and of course you, the fans remains intact. I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017.

Thanks for your continued support.


Roger via Facebook

It is unfortunate that Roger will not be playing any tournaments for the remainder of the 2016 season, which includes the Rio Olympics. Naturally, I would have loved to partner with him there, but I know that it was a very tough decision for him and he is equally disappointed. Obviously, I wish him a full and speedy recovery and hope to see him playing again soon!

Martina Hingis via Facebook

I am significantly less enthusiastic about Rio and the U.S. Open now :(. 

Get well soon Mr. Federer!. 

You will be sorely missed for the rest of 2016. 

I guess that also means Martina will be playing mixed doubles with Stan Wawrinka in Rio instead.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal & Andy Murray withdraw from Roger's Cup in Toronto

TORONTO — Tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have pulled out of the Rogers Cup, leaving the Toronto tournament without three of the world’s top four men’s tennis players.

Tennis Canada announced the withdrawals on Tuesday, a day after Wimbledon champion and world No. 2 Andy Murray said he would not defend his Rogers Cup title this year.

World No. 3 Federer is coming off a run to the semifinals at Wimbledon, where he lost in five sets to Canada’s Milos Raonic.

"I have made the tough decision to withdraw from Rogers Cup," Federer said in a statement. "Toronto is one of my favourite events on the calendar and I am disappointed that I won’t be able to compete in front of the great tennis fans in Canada.

"Looking ahead, it is best for me that I take more time after Wimbledon. I look forward to coming back to Canada next year and I wish Karl Hale and everyone at Tennis Canada a very successful tournament."

Fourth-ranked Nadal has not played since withdrawing from the French Open after sustaining a wrist injury.

"I am disappointed to announce I won’t be able to come to Toronto to play this year," Nadal said in a release. "I only started practising a week ago after my wrist injury and I am not ready to play such an important event.

"I am very much looking forward to playing in Toronto in a couple of years since I have always been treated great in that tournament and have a lot of great Canadian fans."

Top seed Novak Djokovic is still slated to compete, along with No. 7 Raonic, who is coming off his first Grand Slam final appearance at Wimbledon.

Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil will now gain direct entry into the main draw instead of using the wild card position he was initially granted.

Can't say I'm shocked, they all want to save their energy for Rio and the U.S. Open

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tony Godsick: Roger's knee is fine, ready for Roger's Cup in Toronto

Roger Federer's knee is fine and ready to take on the physicality that awaits it when the Swiss Maestro competes at the Rogers Cup on July 25.

Federer suffered a scare during the final set of his five-setter semifinal loss against Canada's Milos Raonic at Wimbledon. The 17-time Grand Slam winner took a slip and hurt his surgically-repaired knee during the match, immediately raising concerns over another setback that could hinder Federer to regain his winning momentum.

But according to Federer's agent Tony Godsick, there are not much to worry about Federer's physical condition after "preliminary examinations" have not indicated any damage to the Swiss' Knee.

@rogerfederer agent Tony Godsick about his knee: "Roger will have tests this week but a preliminary examination indicates that he did (...)

not do any additional damage to his left knee during yesterday's match."

Federer suffered a knee injury a day after losing to career rival Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open earlier this year, which forced the 34-year-old to be sidelined from the tennis scene for more than two months. While Federer successfully recovered from a surgery that repaired a torn left meniscus, he has hardly played his pre-injury form, resulting to zero titles mid-way through the season, a first in Federer's illustrious career.

At the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada, former two-time champion Federer gets another chance to test his game before setting his sights on winning the 2016 Rio Olympics and the US Open, which are both scheduled to take place next month.

It remains to be seen if the injury scare at Wimbledon would have an effect in Federer's remaining competition this season, but many, including Federer himself, hope it won't be another setback that could halt the Basel native's growing confidence of playing at a high level.

"With the body that's been, you know, playing up this year, I just hope I'm going to be fine," Federer said regarding his latest injury scare.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Roger Federer black and white

Not much is going on tennis wise at the moment with Roger's Cup still a few weeks away. 

In the mean time please enjoy these black and white photos of Roger (at what I assume is Wimbledon given the white outfit).

You're welcome ;).

Roger Federer Tumblr

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Martina Hingis & Leander Paes crash out of Wimbledon mixed doubles in 3rd round

India’s miserable campaign at the Wimbledon ended as defending mixed doubles champions Leander Paes and Martina Hingis were knocked out in the third round by scratch pair of Britain’s Heather Watson and Finland’s Henri Kontinen, who played their first match together.

The Brit-Finn pair beat the 16th seeded Indo-Swiss pair 3-6 6-3 6-2 in a well-contested three-setter.

What would be embarrassing for the Paes-Hingis pairing would be the fact that their opponents were playing the first match of the tournament having got walkover in the first two rounds.

Paes and Hingis had completed a mixed doubles Grand Slam after their French Open victory having captured the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles in 2015.

Watson and Kontinen reached the third round without getting walk-overs from Louisa Chirico and Denis Kudla in the first round followed by Bruno Soares and Elena Vesnina who also didn’t play in the second round encounter.

“We were warming up and getting ready each day and we were always put on at the end of the day, so we’ve literally just been ready to play for each match and they’ve told us last minute,” said Watson.

“I think today in the first set we were finding our ground, getting comfortable with each other, and then we kind of took off, especially in that third set.”


A bit harsh, but I suppose there's some truth there. I do agree with the miserable part. That's what this year's Wimbledon turned out to be for me as fan of the Swiss.  

Goodbye grass, bring on the summer hard courts.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Roger Federer's Wimbledon run ends with an upset in the semis

This (fall) about sums it up :( 

Every year this gets harder, the only thing that makes it hurt marginally less is that at least it wasn't another final. 

I won't go on as I have every year about lost opportunities.  

I'll just let Roger explain it himself :

There was a bitter taste in Roger Federer's match after his defeat to Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon semi-finals, with the seven-time former champion left ruing his missed opportunities.

"This one clearly hurts because I felt I could have had it," said Federer, who lost a Wimbledon semi-final for the first time (10-1 record). "It was really so, so close. It clearly hurts."

Trailing two sets to one, Raonic fended off break points in the fifth and ninth games of the fourth set before Federer appeared poised to take the set to a tie-break when he served at 5-6, 40/0. But two double faults from Federer allowed Raonic back into the 12th game. Thus followed a horror half an hour for Federer, who went on to drop the set and lose serve in the fourth game of the fifth set after an untimely slip.

"I can't believe I served a double fault twice," lamented Federer. "Inexplicable for me really. Very sad about that and angry at myself because never should I allow him to get out of that set that easily. I mean, he deserved it. He earned it at the end. But I helped him so much to get back into that game. I would have liked to see a breaker because I was the better player for the set. I know he's great in tie-breaks and all that, it was always going to be tough. But I would have liked to see him scramble more than that.

"Opportunities were all around the fourth set. I think I pushed him on a few service games to get the break. But somehow I couldn't get it done. Either he served well or he hit the line on the serve, or with the forehand, he did a great job there. It was always going to come down to a few shots here and there. Unfortunately they went his way today. It's disappointing for me, clearly.”

While disappointment was the overriding emotion for Federer, the 34-year-old Swiss was able to quickly put his run to the semi-finals into perspective, considering his lack of match play this season due to injuries. In just his seventh tournament of the season, Federer had saved match points to edge Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals to put himself one win away from a 28th Grand Slam final.

Coming into Wimbledon, Federer had been forced to miss Roland Garros before suffering semi-final defeats in Stuttgart and Halle to Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev respectively.

"The 10 sets I played in the last two matches really gives me the belief that I'm tougher physically than I thought I was," affirmed Federer. "I never thought I could do this before the tournament started. Actually, it's very encouraging for the season, hopefully for the rest of my career. Not that I was worried it was going to end somehow, but I was insecure coming into Wimbledon.

“It's been a great run for me here, I must say. I just hope with the slip I had in the fifth, I'm going to be fine tomorrow and beyond. I totally overachieved here. The match against Cilic was epic. It was fun to be part of that match."

Ever classy, Federer waited for Raonic to pack his bags at the end of the match before walking off Centre Court alongside the Canadian, stopping to wave to the crowd that had given the Swiss their full support. And Federer was quick to clarify that it was a wave of thanks and not goodbye to the court on which he has won seven of his Grand Slam titles.

"I was looking at Centre Court as in thank you for the crowd, thank you for the great feeling that you gave me throughout The Championships. I was fortunate enough to play all my matches on Centre Court. I don't take that for granted. For me, it's respect towards Milos to wait for him. You walk off together, thank the crowd at the same time, then leave the stage for Milos really at the end.

"That's what I was going through, not thinking that this might be my last Wimbledon. I hope to be back on Centre Court, to be very clear for you."