Roger Federer withdraws from French Open

Roger Federer is easily one of the greatest tennis players of all time and has won more Grand Slam titles than any male tennis player in history. However, he won’t get the chance to play for an 18th title as he has withdrawn from the French Open.

He made the announcement on his Facebook page, citing health reasons for his withdrawal from the tournament. He said that he would be “taking an unnecessary risk by playing in this event.”

Roger Federer, currently ranked No. 3 in the world tennis rankings, had previously played in 65 straight tennis Grand Slam tournaments. He last missed a Grand Slam in 1999 when he did not play in the U.S. Open.

Of his 17 Grand Slam titles, only once has he won the French Open in 2009. Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal will now move up to the No.4 seed, meaning he would avoid playing some of the top names in the tournament until at least the semifinals.

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