Andy Murray supports Roger Federer’s decision to withdraw from French Open

Former world’s number one Andy Murray said that Roger Federer, 20-time Grand Slam champion made a sensible decision to pull out of French Open to protect his body after undergoing two-knee operations and opted to concentrate his efforts on upcoming Wimbledon which starts from June 18. Roger decided to end his Roland Garros tour on Sunday soon a day after winning a third-round match against Dominik Koepfer.

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer, who played few matches only due to his knee injury and had faced off the Italian ninth seed Matteo Berrettini in the French Open on Monday. A Twitter user said that Federer was disrespectful to other players for using the French Open to gain fitness. Andy Murray replied to the tweet by saying that in basketball, football, etc when the player returning from injury are given reduced minutes to build up their fitness. In tennis, the players don’t have that luxury of just playing a set in the first match then two sets the next etc and building up that way.

He would argue that it was quite risky to play multiple four-hour matches in a row in the player’s 2nd tournaments back in 18 months so according to Murray it made sense to be reactive based on how the player’s body feels and the length of muscles, etc.

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