Roger Federer Undecided On Clay Season, French Open
Speaking earlier today at the Hopman Cup, Roger Federer said he doesn’t know yet if he’ll play the clay season.
“That’s just part of the things that I really have to set in stone right now,” Federer said when asked about playing the French Open. “It’s just figure out the American summer, the clay, then the grass and how would that work, or is it just better to keep it like it was.”
Federer hasn’t played the clay season since 2016, and hasn’t made an appearance at the French Open since 2015.
The 37-year-old also said the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are not an immediate goal. “I never said that,” he explained.
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At Roger’s age, belying the “age is just a number” meme, he has to pick and chose where it is best he doesn’t play, in order to give himself better health and competitive ability where he does shoos to play. He just doesn’t have the endurance and recuperative powers to play a full season at the highest level.
Clay is the obvious choice as he hasn’t won on clay since 2012 in Madrid, the blue clay year, and before that, the 2009 French Open. But I think Federer has been great to watch on clay, he is probably the 3rd best clay courter in his period of play in tennis behind Nadal and Djokovic. Not much separates his results from Djokovic’s and he should get credit for all the RUPs he has had on clay against Nadal. I’d like to see him back, obviously, if he goes out early at Indian Wells and skips Miami. Then a Monte Carlo or Madrid “tune-up” makes sense.
December 30th, 2018 at 10:22 pm