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As we all know, the 20-time Major champion Roger Federer will not compete at the upcoming Australian Open, staying on the practice court and skipping the strict Melbourne bubble.

Andre Sa, who works at Tennis Australia, said he spoke with Roger in December, and it was clear that the Swiss didn't like the Melbourne bubble rules. In one scenario, Federer would have gone to Melbourne alone, staying away from his family for around a month. In the other, he would have brought them with him, but in that case, Mirka and the kids would have had to stay locked in the hotel room for days. That also wasn't an option for the veteran at this time of his career and following such a long break.

"The main reason for Roger's withdrawal was the quarantine. I talked to him a month ago, and he had two options. He could come with the whole family and quarantine. The problem is that Roger's wife Mirka, and their children, couldn't leave the room. They would have to stay 14 days in the room. The exception is only for players. Roger could go out, train, and come back, but the family couldn't. Mirka didn't like that idea.

The other option would be for him to go to Melbourne alone. In that case, there would be at least five weeks away from family and children. And then he said, 'Dude, 39, four kids, 20 Grand Slams. I am no longer in time to be away from my family for five weeks,'" Andre Sa said.
 

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Just give him the Father of the Year award already.
 

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As expected.

Federer giving Tiley a good FU

But maybe out of Tiley's control
 

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Fed doesn't owe anyone anything.

He's got millions upon millions of dollars, a wife, plenty of children and the rest of his life to do whatever the F he wants.

He's the GOAT, whether he plays on for three more years and wins ten more titles or never steps on a court competitively again. 😎 (y)
 

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Fed on the phone to Tiley like


 

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Yeah guy has gained a shit tone of money, not really surprising he wants to gtfo ‘Stralia with quite challenging, to put it mildly, quarantine rules. However, it really is a bit tarnishing sports wise as he doesn’t give up anything to ‘defend his goat status by winning a Slam’. He kinda gave up the Slam count or he knows Djokdaliehm will be too strong there
 

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Gonna sell my Rotterdam tickets for $1000 a piece (already bought them during last year's tournament so before COVID lol)
 

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He's going to fool around and those old bones will settle, and he won't be able to get out of a Lazy-Boy, much less being 2 sets down.
 

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I’d do exactly the same if I were him. My gut feeling says out of slams he’ll only play Wimbledon this year.
 

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For these guys (Rafa and Roger) to be in a race for GOAT, they sure do skip Slams a lot the last few years. Injuries, I skipping the clay season, I don't like quarantine rules. WTF. Are they serious about the record, or not? They're not spring chickens. Where's the urgency? I don't get it.
 

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Nadal and Djokovic are willing to make the sacrifices that Roger will or cannot at this stage. If they end up with a better statistical career than Roger, it will be deserved
 

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Fed doesn't owe anyone anything.

He's got millions upon millions of dollars, a wife, plenty of children and the rest of his life to do whatever the F he wants.

He's the GOAT, whether he plays on for three more years and wins ten more titles or never steps on a court competitively again. 😎 (y)
Good start to the post, but last paragraph kinda went off the rails.
 

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Don't know Johnny, this Sa story don't quite stack up to. If you are Federer you've hardly the chance to be away from your family for that long, your wife's breathing on your neck 24/7 and you simply have to excuses to leave the house to catch a break, it's not like he can tell Mirka 'honey I'm gonna get wasted with the guys at the bar, I probably won't be back home before tomorrow'.
On the other hand you've the excuse of having to leave family at home and you are alone in a hotel room free to do whatever you want; calling escorts, poker with fellow players, booze, smoke.
I mean for him it would be like being 18yo again, don't think he would pass on that if he weren't injuried.
 

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perfect news, he is clever enough to know that thing is crazy
 

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Don't know Johnny, this Sa story don't quite stack up to. If you are Federer you've hardly the chance to be away from your family for that long, your wife's breathing on your neck 24/7 and you simply have to excuses to leave the house to catch a break, it's not like he can tell Mirka 'honey I'm gonna get wasted with the guys at the bar, I probably won't be back home before tomorrow'.
On the other hand you've the excuse of having to leave family at home and you are alone in a hotel room free to do whatever you want; calling escorts, poker with fellow players, booze, smoke.
I mean for him it would be like being 18yo again, don't think he would pass on that if he weren't injuried.
He's a family man now, mate. Mirka has long run that show
 

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Grand slams are hard enough, with all this covid bs it ruins the experience for a player. especially a player who is used to preferential treatment and privileges. Smart move by Rogie. Elites need their freedom.
 
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