Roger Federer withdraws from Roland Garros: ´This decision can extend my career´

Tennis - ´I will play at the Roland Garros in 2017´ - he assured

by Luigi Gatto
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Roger Federer withdraws from Roland Garros: ´This decision can extend my career´

The rumours of two days ago were not irreal, were the reality. Through his Facebook Page the World No. 3 Roger Federer has announced he will not play Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam event of the season. 'I regret to announce that I have made the decision not to play in this year’s French Open - Federer has written - 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.' As a result of Roger Federer's withdrawal, Rafael Nadal becomes the fourth seed and can't meet Novak Djokovic until the semis at earliest.

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