Bad news here as Roger has announced that he won't be taking part in this years French Open. Rumours had been circulating for the last 3 days that he wouldn't be able to play in Paris and earlier today the Swiss published the following on Facebook:
I regret to announce that I have made the decision not to play in this year’s French Open. I have been making steady progress with my overall fitness, but I am still not 100% and feel I might be taking an unnecessary risk by playing in this event before I am really ready. This decision was not easy to make, but I took it to ensure I could play the remainder of the season and help to extend the rest of my career. I remain as motivated and excited as ever and my plan is to achieve the highest level of fitness before returning to the ATP World Tour for the upcoming grass court season. I am sorry for my fans in Paris but I very much look forward to returning to Roland Garros in 2017.
Interestingly he never specifically mentioned the back and in his last press conference when asked he said that he wasn't going to talk about everything, but it definitely had something to do with the back. So we're all a bit in the dark as to what the injury (or injuries) actually are.
One things for sure it's going to feel weird without Federer in the main draw for a slam. I thought he might play but the main things is he's looking at the bigger picture and trying to make sure he's in shape to compete for titles and prolong his career rather than extend the vanity type record of 65 slams in a row.
So another Fed-less 3 weeks on the blog to look forward to 🙁 anyone got any cool post ideas? I have some free time as I regret to inform you that it's unlikely I will be watching much of Roland Garros 😆