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But the current world No. 5 and Roger Federer, one of the biggest on the field, will NOT play a role in the first Grand Slam of the year

He is still recovering from a right ankle injury and withdrew from the tournament late last year

Australian Open Director Craig Tiley said: “In the end, Roger ran out of time to prepare for the rigors of a Grand Slam and he is very disappointed that he won’t be coming to Melbourne in 2021”

“The Australian Open has always had a special place in his heart – remember, it was Roger who first called the AO a” Happy Slam ”

“We wish him well as he prepares for his comeback later this year and we look forward to seeing him in Melbourne in 2022”

Here in the UK you can watch the Australian Open at Eurosport

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World news – AU – Why is Roger Federer NOT playing at the Australian Open 2021?

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/tennis/13985737/roger-federer-australian-open-not-playing/