Roger Federer Still Unsure Of Clay Schedule

by Tom Gainey | February 28th, 2017, 12:51 pm

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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4 Comments for Roger Federer Still Unsure Of Clay Schedule

steve-o Says:

Surely he’ll play RG, health permitting. That means he’ll play at least one clay Masters and most likely two to get adequate preparation.

I suspect he’ll have a good run in Dubai and IW (Dubai is fast and the air in IW is dry and clear, which means clean ball-striking), Miami maybe less good. So probably he’ll skip MC and play the rest, or do MC, skip Madrid, then play Rome/RG.

skeezer Says:

Wish he would skip Miami. Not for the fans, its a great tourney, but the surface is slow, and he just can afford to skip it. I agree, a pre Clay tourney ( 1 ) and enter RG, throw the dice and see what happens. He has usually done ok @ IW and Dubai so all good there. Wimby prep should be paramount.

sinha71 Says:

LOL IW is slower than Miami.

Humble Rafa Says:

Real tennis is played on clay. Not sure how someone who “loves” the game will completely skip the clay court season. That’s some fake love.

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