Roger Federer has withdrawn from two upcoming tournaments: the Japan Open – an ATP 500 level tournament beginning on October 5 – and the new Shanghai Masters tournament which begins on October 12.
Here’s the message via www.rogerfederer.com.
I am disappointed that I have to withdraw from Tokyo and Shanghai as they are two of my favorite cities in the world and the fans have been great to me over the years. After consultation with my team and doctors, I decided to take the difficult decision to withdraw from both tournaments so that I can give my body a chance to rest, rehabilitate and fully recover from a physically challenging year.
This could have something to do with the leg injury he mentioned after last weekend’s Davis Cup matches and/or a serious need for some serious R&R. It’s pretty rare for Roger to cross two tournaments off his calendar at once – but this has been an extraordinary season for Roger Federer.