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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