(May 19, 2016) Roger Federer announced on his Facebook page and website that he will not play the 2016 French Open which will begin May 22. The withdrawal snaps his streak of 65 straight major tournaments played. He last missed a major in 1999 – the U.S. Open. Rafael Nadal will become the No. 4 seed with Federer’s pullout.
This is what the 17-time major winner posted on his Facebook page and website:
“I regret to announce that I have made the decision not to play in this year’s French Open. I have been making steady progress with my overall fitness, but I am still not 100% and feel I might be taking an unnecessary risk by playing in this event before I am really ready. This decision was not easy to make, but I took it to ensure I could play the remainder of the season and help to extend the rest of my career. I remain as motivated and excited as ever and my plan is to achieve the highest level of fitness before returning to the ATP World Tour for the upcoming grass court season. I am sorry for my fans in Paris but I very much look forward to returning to Roland Garros in 2017.”
Federer has suffered from a few injuries this year. He had a knee operation after the Australian Open. He was going to play the Miami Open but withdrew with a stomach virus. The Swiss played the Monte Carlo Masters event and withdrew from the Madrid Open with a back injury. He played the Italian Open, but the 34-year-old admitted that he was not 100%.
Spain’s Feliciano Lopez now has the longest active streak in playing consecutive majors at 56.