Hey all, news has just broken that Roger will be skipping this year's French Open. He made the announcement on his website and you can read the post below:
Regrettably, I've decided not to participate in the French Open. I've been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it's best to skip the clay court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard court seasons. The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward. Thus, my team and I concluded today 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.
Up until a few days ago, I was fairly sure he'd give Paris a go based on some of the noises he'd made earlier this year in various interviews but after seeing him post a video practising on hard courts in Dubai it did look doubtful. He hasn't given any specific reasons as to why he's skipping it other than to focus on the grass / hard court tournaments later in the year but you have to imagine the knee doesn't feel perfect on the dirt. I read a quote earlier this year (which I can't find now for some reason) from his fitness coach who said that clay isn't great for the knee and it felt funny last year when he played on it. So it looks like there's still some doubt there and his team have decided it's not worth the risk.
My thoughts? Well from a fan point of view it would have certainly have made the French Open more watchable so I'm disappointed with that side of things. But other than that you have to think it's the right decision as it won't have been taken lightly (like ending his season after Wimbledon last year) so what can you say other than fair does, see you in Stuttgart 🙂
What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments.