Woodbridge: "I'd expect Roger Federer to play the US Open and not the French Open"


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Woodbridge: "I'd expect Roger Federer to play the US Open and not the French Open"

The Roland Garros 2020 will be played from 20 September to 4 October. The official postponement of the Parisian Slam (which should have started on May 18th) has arrived. Following the coronavirus emergency, the organizers decided in advance to move the tournament to the autumn.

The French Open will start just one week after the US Open men's singles final. In the Open Era, two Grand Slam events have never been staged so close together. The French Open also coincides with the popular Laver Cup. "What does Rafael Nadal do? Does he play the US Open or does he save himself for the French? Because the likelihood is you can't win both of those back-to-back," Todd Woodbridge told Wide World of Sports.

"The US Open is brutal in terms of heat and recovery, and the French is brutal because of the physicality that is required playing on clay. It really does open up the possibility of players choosing one or the other. The majority won't, but I'd expect Roger Federer to play the US Open and not the French, and Rafa to do the reverse.

Can Novak win both back-to-back? Historically the French and Wimbledon were two weeks apart, but at least you had a week off, followed by a week's preparation. That's not the case here. And let's say you're a doubles player, and you go deep at the US Open.

Then you can't get to qualifying for the French. There's a lot of issues that I think have been disregarded by choosing the date that they have" - he added.