The Miami Masters released their 2013 player entry list and it was missing one very big, very popular name: Roger Federer. The Swiss who revealed months ago that he would skip Miami held true to his reduced schedule by passing on putting his name down for the prestigious Masters 1000 event slated for next month.
Federer was a two-time champion at the tournament but hasn’t been to the finals since winning his last title there in 2006. Last year the Swiss was stunned in three sets by Florida native Andy Roddick.
Since turning pro in 1999, Federer had never missed the Miami tournament until this year. But the two-week tournament is owned and operated by IMG, the same agency Federer parted ways with last summer.
Thanks to trifecta of having 12+ years of service on the tour, being 31 years of age and having played 600+ career matches, by rule Federer is no longer required to play Masters 1000 events like Miami.
The Miami event which begins on March 18 will still feature defending champion Novak Djokovic, 2012 finalist Andy Murray and 3-time runner-up Rafael Nadal.
Federer will play Rotterdam next week then Dubai before returning the U.S. to defend his Indian Wells title. His claycourt campaign will commence in May at Madrid.
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