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Roger Federer Opts Out Of French Open

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Roger Federer, who started off the season winning his 18th Slam title Down Under at the Australian Open and followed that up with a double encore of wins at Indian Wells and Miami, has decided to skip the French Open to set his sites on Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Up to this point he has skipped the previous clay events leading up to Paris. This will be the second straight French Federer has missed- he was MIA in 2016 due to injury. This statement was just released on his website and Twitter accounts:

Of course, this news is going to make Rafa Nadal and his many fans happy. In Federer’s absence, Nadal has cleaned up on European clay, winning recent titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. With Murray in a bit of a clay funk and Djokovic in a funk, period- this sets up Nadal’s attempt to win his 10th title at Roland Garros, further cementing his legacy as the greatest clay court player of all time.

Roger Federer

So. No GOAT on clay. Thank goodness we’ve got YouTube where we can grab some highlights.



As Ben Rothenberg of the NY Times notes, (and this was the first thing I thought of) if Nadal hadn’t mowed down the clay field in the last few events- the decision might have been different. Reaction from around the tennis web;

Brad Gilbert doesn’t see it like that, though.

Bruno Soares gets the last word, though- he’ll still be there.

*Feature image from Federer website: RF image from Nike.




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One thought on “Roger Federer Opts Out Of French Open”

  1. I think it was a very wise decision if he really wants to win Wimbledon and other grass court events. With the way Rafa plays now, he’s unstoppable in clay, his favorite surface. I wish Roger the best of luck in grass and hardcourt swing.

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