Expectant Roger Federer pulls out of Madrid Masters
Last Updated: 06/05/14 2:14pm
Roger Federer: Is expecting his third child
Roger Federer has pulled out of this week's Madrid Masters as his wife Mirka is due to give birth to the couple's third child.
The World No 4, who has four-year-old twin girls, said at the Monte Carlo Masters last month that he would have no qualms about missing any tournament, even the French Open, to ensure he was at the birth.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion's withdrawal comes just two days after World No 2 Novak Djokovic also pulled out of the tournament in the Spanish capital due to a wrist injury.
"I apologise to my fans and hope to be back in Madrid next year. I'll be training near my home, and am excited to rejoin the Tour soon"
Federer said on his Facebook page: "I've decided to withdraw from Madrid to be with my wife Mirka during these next few exciting weeks for our family.
"I apologise to my fans and hope to be back in Madrid next year. I'll be training near my home, and am excited to rejoin the Tour soon!"
Federer has been secretive about the due date, insisting only Mirka knows, but he seems certain to miss next week's Rome Masters and may well skip Roland Garros, too.
The Swiss player had been scheduled to play Gilles Simon in the second round in Madrid and his place will now be taken by a lucky loser.