The 18-time Grand Slam winner, who has been dominant in the first few months of the year, has decided to skip Roland Garros (the French Open), citing that he wants to keep playing “for many years to come”.
This comes a slight surprise as only a few weeks ago, Federer himself confirmed his intent to play in the second Slam of the year. However, after lengthy talks with his team, he has “I concluded that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season.”
The Swiss maestro will return in June on the grass courts of the MercedesCup in Stuttgart, where he will be aiming to win his first title.
The French Open starts on the 28th of May, with Roger Federer’s longtime rival – Rafael Nadal – tipped to win his 10th title.