Eighteen-time major winner Roger Federer will sit out the French Open and the rest of the clay-court season in order to prolong his career.
The 2009 champion, who missed last year’s tournament through injury, says he will prepare for the grass and hard-court seasons instead, stating that scheduling will be the key to his longevity on the ATP tour.
In an open letter on his website entitled “Roger to skip Roland Garros”, the 35 year old said, “my team and I concluded 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.”
Federer has won three titles so far this season, including the Australian Open- his first Grand Slam success in five years.
The French Open begins on 28 May.