Roger Federer Says He’s Not Sure If He’ll Play Rome
by Tom Gainey | April 18th, 2015, 8:53 am

Following a loss Thursday to Gael Monfils, Roger Federer admitted he didn’t know if he’d play the Rome Masters next month starting May 10.

“I’m going to go back to Switzerland and practice really hard, you know, from whatever the plan’s going to be from tonight on until Istanbul,” Federer said. “That’s, again, a good time I should utilize in the right way. I’m looking forward to that. I’m playing Istanbul, Madrid. We’ll always see what happens with Rome. It was never sure I was going to play that anyway.”

With the addition of Istanbul, which begins in nine days, Federer has a crowded clay season with Monte Carlo, Istanbul, Madrid and then Rome. Depending on how many matches the 33-year-old plays, Rome could get passed over.

Federer’s only skipped Rome once in his career, that in 2005. Like Monte Carlo, he has never won there finishing runner-up three times losing last year to Jeremy Chardy in the second round just days after the arrival of Lenny and Leo.

Thanks to his longevity and accomplishments, Federer is exempt from playing Masters event. He can choose to play whichever events he wants without penalty.

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2 Comments for Roger Federer Says He’s Not Sure If He’ll Play Rome

madmax Says:

Federer will make the right decision with his team. Rome, as far as I know, was never on his schedule – he has done things differently this year; not publishing the whole of his schedule for the year, but only every 3 months – good call Roge.

steve-o Says:

Rome is on his schedule for 2015. It’s been up there for a month or so.

I guess he’ll wait to see how he feels physically after Madrid. With Istanbul on the docket, it’s a lot of tennis compressed into a few short weeks, he wants to be sure he doesn’t overplay before RG.

Since Istanbul’s a 250, he’ll play at most four matches there so it won’t be quite as grueling as a Masters tournament.

He did say after winning Cincinnati last year that he had been considering not playing after Toronto, but changed his mind after practicing and deciding he was in good enough shape to play. So he’ll make the decision about Rome when the moment comes and he can better assess his condition.

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