Commenting yesterday following an easy win over Benoit Paire in Dubai, Roger Federer says he is still unsure of what his clay court schedule will be.
“I will only decide on the clay court swing after Miami,” Federer said. “If I lost every match from here on till Miami, you know, that changes things around, or if you won a lot of matches until the clay court season comes around. So all that plays into how many tournaments I want or can play and have to play.
“In my best years I think I played three, sometimes four tournaments. That’s always going to be a hard ask right now, because also the body needs some always some healing again.”
“And I would also like to put in some buildup. And because of the week being gone after Wimbledon and now being put in between Paris and Wimbledon, I have less time also after Wimbledon going into the American summer.”
Federer, who is seeking an 8th career Dubai title this week, has Indian Wells and Miami next month but on his website has nothing listed after. And with him suggesting he needs a “build up”, if he does go far in Miami it would seem likely he would not play Monte Carlo.
Last year, Federer played Monte Carlo and Rome but withdrew from the French Open due to his back.
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