Federer French decision aided by Nadal clay dominance.
Roger Federer made the expected decision about his participation at this years French Open by issuing a statement that he would not be playing the tournament in Paris. It comes as little surprise to most observers especially following the decision in March not to play any clay preparation tournaments.
There can be no doubt that Federer could have played this event had he genuinely thought he could do well but as for the majority of his career Federer has enjoyed success on the hardcourts and the green grass much more than the dirt.
If we take into consideration the form of the favourite Rafael Nadal it seems as if there is no one on tour at the moment who can live with him on clay. Perhaps this is a nod to Nadal who is expected to win his tenth title there. The clay court is also much harder on the body given the long drawn out rallies so given his age and the desire to prolong his career as much as possible skipping the French might be the best idea.
One wonders if Federer will ever be seen on the clay courts again. This decision is showing an element of selfishness from Federer but given his career on tour he is surely owed a little slack. Wimbledon is the big one for Roger. I have no doubt Federer would dearly love another crack at the title. He has already written himself into Wimbledon history with his seven titles on par with Pete Sampras but one more would put him ahead of the great American.
Federer has has already shown that he is training on hard courts in Dubai. Roger will likely return to the court at the start of grass court season. Once again he will hope to make a quick comeback and find his rhythm quickly. Djokovic, Nadal, Murray and others will all hope to stop the 35 year old sealing another slam title.