Roger Federer declined an invite to play doubles at this month’s Australian Open, in keeping with reports. The tennis icon retired from the game last 12 months, although did promise that he would never walk away entirely.
Federer bowed out of a remarkable 24-year skilled profession by partnering long-term rival Rafael Nadal within the Laver Cup. An emotional press conference followed, with the 41-year-old blubbering through tears as he reminisced about his 20 Grand Slam titles.
But reports now suggest that Federer was offered a fast return to the majors. A Tennis Australia official has revealed that the Swiss was offered the chance to play doubles at this 12 months’s tournament, which begins on January 16.
Federer has declined the invitation however the unnamed individual apparently said that “the welcome mat will all the time be rolled out” for the legendary former world No 1. The six-times Australian Open champion will due to this fact not play on the tournament.
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“I just desired to let the fans know I won’t be a ghost. I talked about Bjorn Borg, I do not think he returned to Wimbledon for 25 years. I do not think I will be that guy and I feel tennis has given me an excessive amount of. I even have been across the game for too long. Have fallen in love with too many things.
“I really like seeing people again, and that is type of what I desired to let the fans know that you will see me again. Not only never again. Now what it may very well be, in what capability, I do not know. So I still must give it some thought somewhat bit but give myself time.”
Federer revealed in December that he had recently returned to Wimbledon to go searching the All England Club, but was amusingly not recognised by a member of the safety team.