Roger Federer Announces 2012 Schedule Changes, Will Play Rotterdam [Video]
by Tom Gainey | May 1st, 2011, 9:21 pm

In what may be an early sign of things to come, Roger Federer is changing his schedule next year to include Rotterdam in the winter. Federer, who last played Rotterdam in 2005 when he won, has always been very cautious and wise with his schedule and year-long commitments.

But with Federer adding a tournament in Rotterdam just after the Australian Open, is Federer now resigned to the fact that he may not be winning as many tournaments as he use to, which in turn also cuts down on the number of matches he plays.

So to make up for it Federer adding tournaments in anticipation of not being the player he once was?

Federer is Spain this week seeking a third Madrid title. He plays the winner of Milos Raonic and Feliciano Lopez, two players who did well this weekend.

Here’s Roger who once again shows off his incredible memory:

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8 Comments for Roger Federer Announces 2012 Schedule Changes, Will Play Rotterdam [Video]

dave Says:

Facts that pull the rug from Tom’s baseless speculations: since last Wimbledon, Federer has probably played more ATP matches than any other top player, including Nadal and Djokovic. Federer and Djokovic have each won five tournaments during this period.

Common sense should tell us that if Federer wanted to make up for lack of match play, he could have joined Rotterdam late as a wild card. Richard Krajicek would welcome him with open arms.

The more likely scenarios are that (a) Rotterdam gave Federer a big appearance fee and (b) 2012 is Federer’s last heavily-scheduled year.

Tom tends to imagine the worst when it comes to Federer. Pity he tends not to apply the same standards of speculation to Nadal or Djokovic.

dari Says:

I think youre right, tom, that Rog might not go as deep in tournaments in the future but I’m not really sure how that applies here cause it sounds like he is just swapping rotterdam for Dubai.
Anyway, thanks for posting, he looks awfully smiley.

scineram Says:

Wow, what a spin on this! As opposed to “Roger is done, should retire, balblabla…”

madmax Says:

well, to all those reporters who said he was done and thinking of retirement, he announces what he is doing next year!

Good for you Roger!

It’s obvious he is trying to gain as many points as possible. It doesn’t need an astute strategist to work this one out. Last time he played Rotterdam was what? 6 years ago? Any tournament with Roger in it – it’s great to see him play.

Come on Roger!

Laurie/Allaboutcabo Says:

I say what about whats good for the fans! The more tournaments Roger plays in the better. Most fans cant afford to attend one of the majors. If you have always dreamed of watching him play and you are on a budget the smaller tournaments are better.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Boy, that’s dumb.
Federer plays more tournaments! He is admitting his age.
Federer plays less tournaments! He must have Alzheimers and forgotten where the tournaments are.
Federer eats toast for breakfast! He must be incontinent!

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