In a new interview, Roger Federer revealed he might not even play the French Open. Federer, who missed the French last year, told the Swiss media outlet RTS that he hasn’t 100% commented to playing in Paris.
Via google translation:
“But is it certain that you will be engaged at Roland Garros?”
ROGER FEDERER: We will make a final decision on May 10, at the end of my training camp in Dubai. We will then decide whether or not to go to clay. The most important thing is to see how I feel. You never know what’s going to happen by then, either physically or mentally. For the moment, my intention is to dispute Roland-Garros. But the possibility of renouncing it still exists. My pause would then be ten weeks instead of seven. But one thing is for sure, I will not play just to make the figuration. That’s not how you do miracles!
Federer has already said he will not play any lead-up clay events, in part to rest and in part to avoid the clay which can cause more issues for his surgically repaired left knee. But he said if the conditions are fast in Paris, maybe he could make another deep run.
“If the weather is dry in Paris, the playing conditions will be quick, maybe even more so than at Wimbledon,” Federer said. “It would be very interesting to see how I can evolve on clay. Anyway, the goal is to continue to play offensive tennis so I do not have to radically change my approach to the game when I play on grass. I proved in 2009 that you could win Roland-Garros by practicing this tennis.”
So if the forecast is bad for Paris (as it was last year), would Federer withdraw?
Federer will now head to Dubai for a few weeks before resuming his exo tour.
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