'The goal is to keep on playing ultimately for many more years on tour'. That's the good news Severin Luthi announced in an interview to New York Times a few hours after Roger Federer's withdrawal from Roland Garros.
'This is more than investment for the future', added Luthi, who indicated that the grass and hard-court season is a bigger priority than French Open. 'For me, the most important thing is that he’s healthy, which is the case now and for the last few weeks and months.' Those two tournaments will be Stuttgart and Halle before Wimbledon.
Roger has still almost a month to prepare for them, but if he played Roland Garros, now that Djokovic and Murray are not at their best, he could have gone far. Did Rafael Nadal's dominance on clay - he won Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid - influence this decision? 'Yeah, but I think it’s important you more look at it from your own side', Lüthi said.
'Roger, if he’s playing a tournament, in my eyes, he’s always able to win it and beat anyone on any surface. And on the other side, for me, even if Rafa is the big favorite in Paris, you never know what is going to happen.
He could lose early or be injured or sick, so that was not really part of the decision-making, how Rafa was playing on clay.'