Roger Federer pulled out of this year’s Australian Open because his wife Mirka didn’t approve of the quarantine conditions, according to an official from the Melbourne grand slam.
Federer left fans disappointed when he announced last week a persisting knee injury was keeping him from playing at the Australian Open for the first time this century.
It came after the 39-year-old stunned the tennis world when he admitted he may have played his final match as the lingering knee injury threatens to end his illustrious career.
But now Australian Open director of player relations Andre S says he spoke to Federer and claimed one of the reasons he didn’t want to come was due to the quarantine conditions his family faced.
The main reason was the quarantine,” Sa told Ace BandSports.
“I talked to him a month ago and he had two options. He could come with the whole family and quarantine.
“The problem is that Mirka (Federer’s wife) and her children couldn’t leave the room. They would have to stay 14 days in the room.
“The exception is only for players. He could go out, train, and come back, but the family couldn’t. Mirka did not approve the idea.”
Sa revealed Federer’s cutting response when he suggested coming without his family.
“The other option would be for him to come alone. Only there would be at least five weeks away from family and children,” Sa said.
“And then he said, ‘Dude, 39, four kids, 20 Grand Slams. I am no longer in time to be away from my family for five weeks.’”