Roger Federer has confirmed on his website that he will not play in the French Open, which starts on the 29th May.
Federer to skip clay court season
The Swiss, who beat Rafa Nadal in the final of the Miami Open in April, has taken the decision to skip the clay court season in order to aid his preparation for the hard and grass court seasons. Federer also missed the French Open last year, due to injury.
Federer has beaten Nadal on three occasions this year, but he will not rival the Spaniard at Roland Garros, as he goes in search of his 10th title.
Official statement regarding French Open
Roger Federer released the following statement via his official website:
"Regrettably, I've decided not to participate in the French Open. 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 clay court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard court seasons. The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognize 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. I will miss the French fans, who have always been so supportive and I look forward to seeing them at Roland Garros next year."