Following a shock loss Saturday to Thanasi Kokkinakis in his Miami opener, Roger Federer confirmed that he will skip the clay season for a second straight year.
“Yeah, I decided not to play,” Federer said playing on the clay. “I didn’t play great last week either, I felt, overall. Nothing new, in my opinion. I’m trying to figure things out.
“I’m a positive thinker. I feel like every match is another opportunity. Especially after losing one, clearly I’m down right now. I’m disappointed. I’m frustrated a little bit that I couldn’t find a way. It’s unfortunate how it goes.
“It’s pretty simple at the end of the day. You go back to the practice court or go on vacation, you really take a break, get away from it all. When you come back to the practice court to work, whatever it is, you do it at 100 per cent.”
Federer’s vacation during the clay season last year paid off as the Swiss went on to win Wimbledon which helped him return to No. 1 last month.
Federer, though, hasn’t played the French since 2015, and at 36, will he ever return? And as of now, Federer’s last match on the slippery surface was a fourth round loss to Dominic Thiem at Rome in 2016.
He’ll also more than likely not have his No. 1 ranking going into the grass season.
His next event is scheduled for Halle in three months!
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