Roger Federer Releases Schedule Through Wimbledon, Miami Isn’t On It
by Staff | February 13th, 2015, 12:26 pm
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Earlier today Roger Federer updated his fans via facebook with his tentative schedule through Wimbledon. One glaring omission in the absence once again of Miami. A 2-time champion at the event, Federer also skipped the South Florida event in 2013. Last year he lost in the quarterfinals to Kei Nishikori.

Here’s what Federer wrote:
“I’ve been back on the practice courts for the last couple of days. Very excited to be back on the ATP World Tour at the end of the month. Below will be my schedule for the next few months:
23 Feb: Dubai
12 March: Indian Wells
12 April: Monte Carlo
3 May: Madrid
10 May: Rome
24 May: Roland Garros
15 June: Halle
29 June: Wimbledon
I am currently working on my summer and fall tournament schedule and as soon as I have it finalized, I will release it. I’m looking forward to a great 2015!”

By ATP rule 1.08, because of his status Federer can pick and choose to play any Masters events he so wishes without penalty.

1.08 Reduction of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Commitment
A. A player’s number of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 commitment tournaments shall be reduced by one (1) tournament for reaching each of the following milestones:
1) 600 matches* (as of 1 January of the commitment year);
2) 12 years of service;
3) 31 years of age (as of 1 January of the commitment year).
If all three (3) conditions are met then the player has a complete exemption from the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 player commitment.

After a near-month long break, the 33-year-old Federer returns in two weeks for the event in his second home of Dubai.


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23 Comments for Roger Federer Releases Schedule Through Wimbledon, Miami Isn’t On It

skeezer Says:

Good schedule!


SG1 Says:

A little surprising. 3 clay court warm ups for RG but only one grass court warm up for Wimbledon. That’s a fair bit of clay court tennis going into RG. I guess Fed doesn’t find the clay to be all that taxing physically.


brando Says:

GOAT scheduler. Just look at his latest masterstroke: withdrawing from Miami: a very slow HC event, he has not won in years. Take a rest break, gear up for clay and play the fast clay Madrid event. Smart thinking. Fed has always been the shrewdest cat on tour in terms of how he operates.


jane Says:

did fed miss madrid last year? i can’t remember.


NOSCA Says:

I guess this is quite related to last year’s results. If last year he was the finalist of Miami and lost in quarterfinals in Monte Carlo, we probably will see Miami in this year’s schedule instead of Monte Carlo.


RZ Says:

@Jane – Yes, Fed skipped Madrid because Mirka was due to give birth.


NOSCA Says:

jane, Fed did not play Madrid last year. He was home with his twin boys. It was actually a big surprise for me to see him in Roma, but he really wanted to go back to the boys because he lost to Chardy in the 1st round.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Yes Brando, and I think there’s more than that. With Rafa at 3 or 4 seed, and PERHAPS, more vulnerable than in previous years, Fed might realize he has some chances to win on clay and he wants to take a real run at it.
I am sure in Fed’s mind he believes he can beat Novak on clay.


brando Says:

@TV: could be. I don’t think Federer lacks for confidence v anyone on any surface except for maybe when he faces Rafael. As for his chances on clay, he’s always got a chance hasn’t he? He’s RF after all. But on clay I think you either need to be a really good grinder or be a big hitter, and for a 33 year old it’s historically the toughest gig on tour since its the most physically and mentally demanding. That said: If I were to list my top 5 clay courters in the world in 2015, pre clay season, I would still place Federer in there.


jane Says:

what’s interesting, though, is that recently at the french some of the oldest players have made the draw. but generally speaking, players are playing longer and continuing to be successful for longer. here’s a piece about the 2012 FO and how it made history with older players:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/30/sports/tennis/older-mens-players-winning-in-french-open.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


Emily Says:

No Davis Cup this year, which is no surprise at all.
Stan’s going to miss the 1st tie (1st one he’s skipped in 11 years!), but he said that he’ll probably play at some point this year, especially if it’s to avoid relegation.


Humble Rafa Says:

Why would anyone skip the Miami Clay Court championships? The courts are so slow and fun to play.


Humble Rafa Says:

Why do people hate clay? The 2016 Olympics in Brazil is on a hard court. I almost died when I heard that.


Humble Rafa Says:

No Davis Cup this year, which is no surprise at all.

No surprise. Selfish people do that all the time.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Brando, agree with all. I never said Fed had much shot at even as strong a clay season as he had in his prime, except maybe wining Madrid, but in his mind, as you say, he doesn’t lack for confidence.


dari Says:

Yes Jane, he missed Madrid, there was a special delivery around that time he could not miss ;)


jane Says:

^ yeah that’s what i thought dari. i remember people being surprised he played rome too.


Yolita Says:

I read that Roger was going to play the new ATP 250 in Turkey. Did he change his mind?


Matt Hill Says:

I think to have Monte Carlo one week after the 5th Major Indian Wells-Miami swing ends is just too much on the players. I hate to see Fed blow off Miami, but can’t say I blame him. I think this does show that Indian Wells has become the premier event of the U.S. hard court 5th major swing.


abuya Says:

rodger legend… remains the legend!


dari Says:

Yes, Jane Rome was a surprise too! What can you say, daddy’s gotta work


Atul Says:

oh yea, shrewd him. It is very possible for him to reach RG semis definitely.. And since Murray back in form, he might face a difficulty in reaching FO finals. But he’s RF.. can do. Thats y he is giving ample time to Fo.


Goose Egg Says:

With regards to Federer’s points, he has the Dubai title and finals appearances at IW and Monte Carlo to defend (probably too tough to equal the totality of last year’s results). And he’s losing his QF points at Miami.

BUT, he will certainly gain points in Madrid and Rome while also getting in more clay match play before the French… I like his thinking. Seems like a sound overall strategy.

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