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Roger withdraws from Stockholm

01.10.2008 | Tennis

Roger announced today that he will not be participating in the Stockholm Open which starts next Monday.

 

"2008 has been a tough year for me as I was always playing catch up after being diagnosed with mononucleosis at the beginning of the year. I feel fortunate to be healthy again, but I want to remain at the top of the game for many more years to come and go after the #1 ranking again. In order to do that, I need to get a proper rest and get strong again so that I am 100% fit for the remainder of the year or next year. At this point, I am not sure when I will be ready to play again, but I hope to be back at some point before the end of the year. I apologize to the tennis fans in Sweden as I was looking forward to playing in Stockholm again. The country has produced so many incredible tennis players and the tournament has such a great history.  I hope to be able to come back at some point in the future."

 

 
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10/09/2008 | 05:18 AM
** Tilou **
PS. I agree, 2009 WILL be a fabulous year for Roger and for us.
10/09/2008 | 05:15 AM
Thank you *** Tilou***. You are always so kind.
Deep inside, I was hoping that he would not play in Madrid. It would be too painful for him to see "the wild one" get 'HIS old trophy" etc. etc. I was just thinking about the points, but I know that fe
10/09/2008 | 02:54 AM
es tu decision roger.si vos crees que es por tu bien bienvenido sea. un saludo desde perez,santa fe, argentina
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10/09/2008 | 01:55 AM
Roger....I fully support you taking the rest of 2008 off or at most playing only the Masters Cup. You need the rest and I think it would be very good for your long term outlook! Congrats on thinking in a macro fashion! You won't regret it.
10/09/2008 | 01:33 AM
*** eab (p 33)
Thanks for referring to this article. I am reproducing it below.
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Jon Wertheim's Mailbag

Should Roger Federer shut it down this year and focus on 2009?

What do you make of Roger Federer's withdrawal from Stockholm
10/09/2008 | 01:20 AM
I've been away from tennis things and this is off topic I know, but I happened to see Jon Wertheim's Tennis mailbag at SI.com where he was attacked for being a biased Fed lover all because he didn't believe that Djokovic lost his SF because the crowd was
10/09/2008 | 01:20 AM
*** flat return,

Thank you so much for your kind words. It is always a real pleasure to share with other Rogerholics like you.

You are so right that Fed pleases everyone, even those who do not understand the game of tennis.

You know, I was never
10/08/2008 | 11:46 PM
takeko, (p31)
You are right, but my probleme is why players like pete sampras, rod laver keep on making good comments about roger's game and never admit that he is the best ever or above them. that is why I want him to break as many records as he can and
10/08/2008 | 11:17 PM
hope to see and hear exciting news about your come back soon...trust you will rest well and get to be at top of your games at your best level...pinching that number 1 spot again will absolutely be a great delight to many many of us other than yourself :D.
10/08/2008 | 11:17 PM
hope to see and hear exciting news about your come back soon...trust you will rest well and get to be at top of your games at your best level...pinching that number 1 spot again will absolutely be a great delight to many many of us other than yourself :D.