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Federer announces he's missing French Open

Federer announces he's missing French Open

Roger Federer has decided to skip the entire clay-court season, after confirming that he will sit out the French Open at Roland Garros.

The Swiss star said he made decision after careful consideration, and in the best interest of prolonging his tennis career.

"I need to recognise that scheduling will be the key to my longevity," he said.

"Thus, 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 was always set to miss the majority of the clay-court season, but left the door open for the big one, the Grand Slam at Roland Garros.

But with Rafael Nadal's usual clay-court dominance on full display again this year, the World No 5 must have decided to focus on his real priorities -  the grass and hard-court seasons, which begin in June.

It's a shame for tennis fans, as it would have been interesting to see if Federer's recent superiority over Nadal - which included victories over the Spaniard in the final of the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami - could have extended to clay as well.

Federer must not have fancied his odds, considering he would be coming into the French Open with no clay-court experience, facing a Nadal who has been in full flight on his favourite surface for the better part of a month.

Federer also  missed last year's French Open through injury. His only victory at Roland Garros came in 2009.

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