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Federer to skip French

Federer to skip French

Roger Federer has pulled out of this month’s French Open and admitted he was targeting Wimbledon and the US Open and believes any play on clay would hamper that goal.

I feel it's best to skip the claycourt season this year and prepare for the grass and hardcourt seasons Roger Federer

The Swiss star who surprised the tennis world by winning that Australian Open at 35 years of age following a six-month injury lay-off, is by-passing the whole of the clay court season having already skipped Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome.

"I’ve been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it’s best to skip the claycourt season this year and prepare for the grass and hardcourt seasons," world number five Federer, holder of 18 grand slams including one at the French in 2009.

"The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognise that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward.

"Thus, my team and I concluded today that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season."

Federer, who has already won the three biggest titles of the year to date as he followed his triumph in Australia with wins at Indian Wells and the Miami Open, has an excellent chance of adding another Wimbledon title to the seven he already holds.

His announcement also came the day after NadalŠ—’s victory in Madrid for his third clay-court title on the trot, making the Spaniard a clear favourite for Roland Garros.

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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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