Roger Federer is set to be back on the clay courts in 2020, according to CNN. On Monday in Tokyo, the Swiss confirmed he will be back on the dirt next year and so he will compete in the French Open for the second year in a row after losing to Rafael Nadal earlier this year in the semifinals.
He had not played in Paris for three years, as his last appearance was dated back to 2015. Federer's decision comes as no surprise as this year he felt injury-free on clay and then he performed very well on grass winning the Halle Open and losing to Novak Djokovic in a tight five-set Wimbledon final.
It is still unclear if he will play clay-court tournaments before the French Open. This year he competed in both Madrid and Rome Opens. Federer also confirmed he will play the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Speaking about the whole process, he added: "I just needed to take time to speak to my wife, my team and listen to my heart -- what did I really want to do? I had to figure out the schedule with clay, grass, US Open, hard courts.
I knew I always wanted to play at the Olympics but I didn't know if I could do everything because I'm not the youngest anymore and I have to pick my moments. But I just felt like the Olympics, I can do it and I want to do it so let's do it.
I reached out to the team and said can I announce it here while I am actually in Tokyo? So finally I decided and I couldn't be happier and I'm super excited."