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Tennis great Roger Federer TURNS DOWN invitation to the Australian Open in big blow for organisers

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Tennis great Roger Federer TURNS DOWN invitation to the Australian Open in big blow for organisers

Roger Federer REJECTS Australian Open invitation – defying organizers of major coup after Swiss legend’s recent retirement

  • Roger Federer declined an invitation to attend the Australian Open
  • The tennis legend is still one of the best-selling athletes in all of sports
  • Federer made it clear to officials that he would not be making the trip

Tennis superstar Roger Federer has turned down an invitation from Tennis Australia to attend this year’s Australian Open – defying organizers in a major coup following the Swiss ace’s retirement.

Federer, who has been the face of tennis for two decades, will retire in 2022 after struggling with injuries and form – and is currently enjoying a quiet life at home with his family.

Tennis superstar Roger Federer has turned down an invitation from Tennis Australia to attend this year's Australian Open - denying organizers a major coup following the Swiss ace's retirement

Tennis superstar Roger Federer has turned down an invitation from Tennis Australia to attend this year’s Australian Open – denying organizers a major coup following the Swiss ace’s retirement

Federer, who has been the face of tennis for two decades, retires in 2022 after struggling with injuries and form - and is currently enjoying a quiet life at home with his family

Federer, who has been the face of tennis for two decades, retires in 2022 after struggling with injuries and form – and is currently enjoying a quiet life at home with his family

During the sporting icon’s farewell in September, Tennis Australia officials asked the 20-time Grand Slam champion if she was interested in attending the 2023 Australian Open in some capacity.

Federer is still one of the best-selling athletes in all of sports and his attendance at the event was a major coup, however the 41-year-old made it clear he would not be making the trip.

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It is understood Tennis Australia will try to lure the tennis icon down to Melbourne Park in 2024, however.

Next year’s event will mark 20 years since Federer first won his first grand slam in Australia, where he went on to win five more times throughout his career.

During the sporting icon's farewell in September, Tennis Australia officials asked the 20-time Grand Slam champion if he was interested in attending the 2023 Australian Open in some capacity (Federer pictured after winning the Australian Open in 2010)

During the sporting icon’s farewell in September, Tennis Australia officials asked the 20-time Grand Slam champion if he was interested in attending the 2023 Australian Open in some capacity (Federer pictured after winning the Australian Open in 2010)

In 2019, Federer revealed that he would love to go to Australia, but found the Australian Open a 'tiring' tournament.

In 2019, Federer revealed that he would love to go to Australia, but found the Australian Open a ‘tiring’ tournament.

In 2019, Federer revealed that he would love to go to Australia, but found the Australian Open a ‘tiring’ tournament.

‘I think the thing is here at the Australian Open, and look, I call it the happiest land. It was a great, great event. The only difficulty here is, there are 300 players and 300 coaches and guests and more and this and that,’ Federer told The Project.

‘And it just ends up being so many people at the site and it’s okay, we’re happy to see each other.

But it’s like, every corner, you see someone else and it’s like another handshake, another hello, and another one like this.

Although Federer has played less in 2022, he still tops the list as the highest-paid tennis player, pocketing $90.7 million – edging out boxer Canelo Alvarez and American footballer Tom Brady.

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