Superstar tennis player and world number two seed Roger Federer, who has frequently wowed the crowds in Dubai, has pulled out of next week’s men’s tennis championships with a back injury.
The player commented on his hasty withdrawal yesterday, blaming it on a back injury he sustained last year. “I am disappointed to announce that I am withdrawing from both Dubai and the Davis Cup tie in the United States,” said the four-time Dubai champion. He added: “This was a hard decision to make as I am missing not only one of my favourite events on tour in Dubai, but I am also missing out on an opportunity to help my country try and move on to the next round of Davis Cup.
Federer revealed that he sustained the injury last year and didn’t want to risk the rest of his season by risking it getting worse. “After injuring my back last fall, I did not have enough time to strengthen it completely. As a precautionary measure, I will use the next few weeks to make sure the back injury is fully rehabilitated and I am ready for the rest of the 2009 season.”
Dubai fans will be equally disappointed to hear that world number one Rafael Nadal could also be out of Dubai. Nadal yesterday said that he was assessing an injury to his right leg. Nadal damaged his leg during the final of the ABN Amro tournament in Rotterdam last week against the British favourite Andy Murray.
It’s bad news for Dubai’s tennis fans but the withdrawal of the top two seeds could be good news for Brit Andy Murray leaving him room to pick up his third title of the year. Watch this space.