Roger Federer Explains Why He Trimmed Down on Clay Events in 2016

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2015 | 0


Swiss ace Roger Federer lately revealed his clay-curtailed schedule for the 2016 season that created a buzz in the tennis world. His scheduled surprised all, as it had only one tournament to be played on dirt; that too, the season’s second Grand Slam, the French Open. However, Federer has an explanation for it.

Having decided to give some of the premier (Masters) events like Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome a miss this time around, the 17-time Grand Slam champion has instead set his eyes upon relentless practice.

“This does not mean that I will be on vacation for two months,” said Federer of the break in between the Indian Wells tournament and the French Open. “The reality is that, perhaps (I’ll take) 10 days off and devote the rest of time to training. Therefore, I think I’ll be more than ready when we reach the starting dates of Roland Garros.

The 34-year-old went on to elucidate that the decision was taken keeping in mind a hectic second half of the season, where he’ll be more active because of the grass-court events and the Olympics before turning on to the hard courts of the United States of America.

“I am also trying to save my energy and take care of my mental strength for what will follow: French Open, Wimbledon, all lawn tennis events (Stuttgart, Halle), the Olympics, Toronto, Cincinnati and the US Open. We’ll have a lot of tennis to be played during the summer, and by choosing this type of program, I thought I could save my energy better over that period.”


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