With a decision that left many Roger Federer fans understanding but heartbroken, the Swiss Maestro sent a letter to his fans announcing that he will be withdrawing from the French Open.

It was a shock to many, as the 39-year-old had claimed his first three rounds against Denis Istomin, Marin Cilic and Dominik Koepfer. Federer made the difficult but right choice for him by being conservative and listening to his body. Roland Garros was just his third tournament since having his second knee surgery last year.


Many were surprised by the announcement, with reactions ranging across the spectrum. Current players seemed to be very emphatic towards the 20-time Grand Slam champion and respected his choice to put his health and recovery first. Former No. 1 Andy Murray who underwent hip resurfacing surgery in 2019 knows all about how tough the recovery process can be and called Federer an “inspiration."

Meanwhile, world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev who is still vying for the clay-court major title this week, told press he will not criticize his decision.

"I will not criticize Roger Federer. He is 39, he didn't play a lot of matches this year. His body is suffering. His goal is Wimbledon, he will have his best shot there even at 50 years old," Medvedev said in Paris.


However, others were more critical. Patrick McEnroe was initially disappointed by the decision.

McEnroe then elaborated on his thoughts in an interview with the New York Times' Christopher Clarey, saying “I understand it, but I don’t like it.”

Former world No. 7 and now retired American player, Marty Fish made a controversial comment via Twitter, stating that Federer pulled out due to scheduling. However, it's important to note Roger Federer's night bout against Dominik Koepfer wasn't the only night match. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas all played underneath the bright lights of Court Philippe-Chatrier.

The world no. 8 is certainly a fighter and has hardly resigned from a tournament. In fact, Federer has competed in just over 1500 matches and has withdrawn only on five occasions and has never retired during a match.


At the end of the day, Federer will get the rest his body needs ahead of the grass-court season and leave Roland Garros undefeated with three solid matches under his belt.