It’s not a huge surprise that Roger Federer pulls out of the French Open, as I tweeted a couple of days ago, but still a letdown for tennis fans all over the world. It’s the first time since 1999 he’s not playing a Grand Slam which means an unbelievable and close to unbeatable streak of 65 straight Grand Slam appearances.
This is what he said on his website:
”I regret to announce that I have made the decision not to play in this year’s French Open,” Federer said in a statement on his website. ”I have been making steady progress with my overall fitness, but I am still not 100 percent and feel I might be taking an unnecessary risk by playing in this event before I am really ready.”
I definitely feel he’s making the right decision. There’s no point at this stage in his career to take any risks and play a tournament he’s not likely to win anyway. Better to save his body and energy for the season where he has the chance to win his 18th Grand Slam – the grass court season. I’m possibly partial here because I have tickets to Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart in June.
Get well, Roger!