All professional tennis events on the ATP tour and WTA tour have been cancelled until Roger Federer returns from knee surgery, it has emerged.
In a joint press release, the Association of Tennis Professionals and the Women's Tennis Association announced that all professional tennis events have been cancelled until Swiss star Roger Federer feels ready to return after undergoing serious knee surgery back in February.
After learning of the Swiss star's shock surgery announcement, Tennis' principal organizing bodies came together to agree a course of action in the absence of the sport's most beloved player, and following a month of uncertainty and consulting with players and tournament organizers, it was decided that it would be pointless to continue without the greatest player of all time.
Read the full statement below:
"It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of all upcoming ATP and WTA events for the foreseeable future.
"After consulting with players on both tours, tournament organizers and a number of fans, we have concluded there is no point in carrying on if Roger Federer is not going to play.
"This is not a decision we take lightly, but it was evident in our investigations that nobody wants to see Novak Djokovic continue to dominate men's tennis and, despite the popularity of Rafael Nadal, we cannot afford for him to catch up with Roger's record of 20 slam victories, especially with him not being around to stop it from happening. It just wouldn't be fair.
"And with regard to WTA events, the WTA has been considering cancelling women's tennis for some time anyway, as Serena Williams is on the decline and we cannot seem to find a single consistent player to replace her with, so it makes sense to just cancel all women's events as well.
"It is our hope that Roger decides to return for Wimbledon, but if he wants to retire instead, it is possible we might just call it a day and focus on padel or squash or something instead."
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