Roger Federer is still uncertain about whether playing on clay in 2019. At last year's Cincinnati the Swiss player had said that he would have taken a decision after the US Open, then he postponed it to the end of the year and now he said that he will make the final call only after Indian Wells and Miami tournaments, like in the previous years.
At last week's Hopman Cup in Perth Federer met his former coach Paul Annacone, with who he worked from 2010 to 2013, and they talked about this topic as well. In an exclusive interview to Tennis World USA the American spoke about whether Roger should decide to play on the surface for the first time since 2016 Rome. 'I do not know.
I always thought the players who won so much should do what they want to do', Annacone said. 'Because they earned that right. For the tennis fans it's difficult not to see him on clay, so I hope he plays on clay this year.
Much will depend on how healthy he is. I have talked to him about it and I would not be surprised if he plays on clay. I hope he does. ' Annacone also commented on Federer's 2018 season, which was characterised by some huge successes like the 20th Grand Slam title in Melbourne but also some tough losses to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon and John Millman at the US Open.
'He had a great start to the year in Australia. And then for his level the rest of the year was okay. Not terrible nor great. Just okay. So it will be very interesting for me, staying in Australia, to watch how he starts his season.
We talked about his age all the time and obviously getting older is very difficult for everyone', admitted Annacone. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title