Roger to skip Roland Garros; will focus on the grass & hardcourt season
May 15, 2017
Regrettably, I’ve decided not to participate in the French Open. I’ve been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it’s best to skip the clay court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard court seasons. The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward. Thus, my team and I concluded today 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. I will miss the French fans, who have always been so supportive and I look forward to seeing them at Roland Garros next year.
Federer is coming off winning his 18th major, taking the Australian Open title back in January. He also won Masters Series titles at Indian Wells and Miami.
Federer did not play last year’s French Open due to knee surgery.
Federer won his only Roland Garros title in 2009, to complete a career Grand Slam.
More to follow….
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) May 15, 2017