Federer To Skip Clay Tune-Up Events Before Roland-Garros, His Agent Announces
Another year, another clay schedule for Roger Federer.
In 2016, the Swiss played Monte-Carlo and Rome, but a knee injury ruled him out of Roland-Garros.
In 2017 and 2018, Federer decided to skip the entire clay season to properly prepare for Wimbledon — a wise decision in retrospect as Federer won the 2017 tournament without dropping a set.
In 2019, the 20-time Grand Slam champion made his comeback to clay, competing in Madrid (semifinals, l. to Dominic Thiem), Rome (quarterfinals, W/O to Tsitsipas) and Roland-Garros, where he reached the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
In 2020, Federer will try yet another strategy out: Show up to Roland-Garros without taking part in any clay-court tune-up event.
His agent, Tony Godsick, disproved rumours that Federer would play in Madrid and Rome, confirming to journalist Rene Stauffer that his client’s only tournament on clay would be Roland-Garros.
Just got the confirmation from Tony Godsick that rumours are not true that @rogerfederer will play Masters-Tournaments in Rome and Madrid 2020. Probably only Roland Garros on clay
— rene stauffer (@staffsky) February 13, 2020
Until the French Open, Federer will compete in three hardcourt tournaments, two of which he’s the defending champion: Dubai (champion), Indian Wells (runner-up, l. to Thiem) and Miami (champion).
With 540 points about to drop out during the clay season, Federer will hope to find similar form as last year in February and March…