The French Open tennis organizers announced the withdrawal of Roger Federer from the tournament despite reaching the fourth round.
Federer had qualified for the fourth round of the tournament, after winning 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 over German Dominic Kupfer, on Saturday evening.
On Sunday, the French Tennis Federation issued a statement quoting Federer, announcing his withdrawal from the French Open due to injury.
“After discussions with my team, I decided that I should withdraw from the French Open,” Federer said.
He explained, “After two knee surgeries and more than a year in rehabilitation, it is important that I listen to what my body requires, and not rush back to competition.”
Federer was scheduled to play Italian Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals, and it was expected that he would face his Serbian rival Novak Djokovic if he qualified for the quarter-finals.
The 20-times Grand Slam champion made only his sixth game in 17 months against Kupffer, after undergoing knee surgery.
Federer is scheduled to start his preparations after withdrawing from the French Open, in order to participate in the Wimbledon Championships, which begins on June 28.