Roger Federer explains why he’s pulled out of the Miami Masters

Roger Federer has been forced to pull out of the Miami Masters with a stomach virus

Roger Federer has pulled out of the Miami Masters due to a stomach bug, with the Swiss star stating that he was in “no condition” to take on Juan Martin del Potro in the second round.

The 34-year-old had been due to play his first competitive match since undergoing surgery on a knee injury in the wake of the Australian Open.

“I am very sorry that I have to pull out of the Miami Open with a stomach virus,” said Federer.

“I feel bad for the tournament and the fans as I have rarely ever had to withdraw at such short notice.

“I have not felt great for a few days and unfortunately it got worse in the last 24 hours.

“I was really excited to have my comeback in Miami but I am in no condition to play. I tried to warm up this morning but it was clear that I could not compete.”

Tournament director Adam Barrett said: “We were very excited to have Roger return to Miami this year and hope he feels better soon.

“Roger is a true legend of the game and has a huge following here in South Florida. We look forward to seeing him here next year.”

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