Roger Federer withdraws from French Open, saying: ‘It’s important I listen to my body’

Roger Federer will play no further part in the French Open this year after withdrawing to protect his fitness.

Federer is making a comeback from double knee surgery last year, and came to Paris having played just four matches in 16 months.

He impressed, winning his three matches and showing flashes of his old self but, with Wimbledon looming, he has now decided to withdraw to aid his recovery.

“After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of the French Open today.

“After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery.

“I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court.

Tournament Director, Guy Forget, added: “The Roland-Garros tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last night.

“We were all delighted to see Roger back in Paris, where he played three high-level matches. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”

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