Recovering Federer to Miss Australian Open; Andy Murray Receives Wildcard
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
The 2021 Australian Open will miss Swiss superstar Roger Federer. He resumes his recovery from two rounds of knee surgery. Former world number one Andy Murray received a wildcard entry, a chance to play in the Grand Slam event. The development on Federer is expected to dampen the spirits of tennis oddsmakers who look for an alternative favorite. This could between defending champion Novak Djokovic or Spanish tennis maestro and 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal. On the other hand, the news of Murray getting a wildcard in the Open will provide an additional attraction. This is after Federer’s abrupt pullout in the two-week tournament. It will take place on February 8-21 at Melbourne Park.
Federer misses Australian Open for the first time in his career
The 20-time Grand Slam winner decided to skip the tournament for the first time since his debut in 2000. Australian Open chief Craig Tiley said that Federer will not be able to take part in the event. This is because he is still recovering from those surgeries he had on his knee. The six-time Australian Open winner targets a comeback in the latter part of the year. Federer hopes to compete in the 2022 staging of the Grand Slam tennis event.
Roger Federer, who last saw action in this year’s Australian Open where he lost in the semifinals against Djokovic, sat out the remainder of the 2020 season that was disrupted by the coronavirus disease. He could only watch Nadal match his all-time men’s singles record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles with his 13th French Open title.
The Swiss maestro’s decision to beg off from the tournament somehow reduces the excitement and the suspense of the first Grand Slam event of next year. However, top-caliber netters like Djokovic and women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty dominate the field.
‘Muzza’ Murray returns in Aussie Open as wildcard
The organizers of the Australian Open has given five-time runner-up Andy Murray a big opportunity to re-emerge into the spotlight as they gave the former men’s world number one a wildcard to compete in the Grand Slam tennis event.
His rankings slipped to world number 122 due to struggles after injuring his hip. However, the Australian Open has given Murray another opportunity to redeem himself and reclaim his odl glory. It could be remembered that in 2019, he announced his retirement before going under the knife for the second round of surgeries to prolong his tennis career.
Tiley said that Murray’s comeback from major surgeries will be a big feature of the 2021 Australian Open. Aside from Murray, other tennis players who received wildcard entries were Thanasi Kokkinakis, who is currently recovering from a string of injuries, Destanee Aiava, Arina Rodinova, Sumit Nagal, and Wang Xiyu.