Sport Roger Federer doesn't rule out clay court season but will only consider light schedule

21:31  12 february  2018
21:31  12 february  2018 Source:   International Business Times

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Roger Federer won Wimbledon after skipping the clay court season . "Some tournaments are set in stone, some others I'm just trying to find out what the best solution is for my playing schedule , my family, for my body, for my mind.

Roger Federer has played just three matches so far in this clay - court season . Speaking to Spanish sports newspaper Marca last week, Federer did not rule out a French Open run, but was far from demonstrative when discussing his prospects.

Roger Federer © Getty Roger Federer

Roger Federer has not yet decided if he will have a clay court season in 2018 but says he will not commit to any events unless he feels "100%".

Last year, Federer opted against competing on clay in order to prolong a professional career which has now entered its 20th year. It was a decision that paid off; after winning his first grand slam title in five years at the Australian Open, the Swiss went onto win Wimbledon for the eighth time.

Federer's name was conspicuous by its absence as Monte-Carlo Masters tournament director Zeljko Franulovic listed Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka among the main attractions of this year's competition in the spring.

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This season Roger Federer has taken on a light schedule . He skipped clay and has played only six tournaments. Four times he won the whole thing and the other two times he lost to someone ranked outside the top 100.

Kontinen (FIN) / J. ROGER FEDERER has hinted he will NOT play the French Open and other clay - court events in his 2018 calendar. Federer (SUI) 13 Aug 2017 And Federer has not ruled out pulling out of Cincinnati next week. co/LLKJBWWmOo.

It could be one of the many events the 36-year-old passes on, with Federer admitting an intense season on clay is not part of his plans this year.

"The clay season is up in the air. If I am playing a lot during this part of the season it would be hard to play a robust clay season. It would be a light [schedule] if I do play," Federer said, AFP report.

"We will see how it goes. I am healthy and glad to be playing. I should be playing when I feel that way and not play when I don't feel at 100 percent or don't feel ready to do it. That is my secret for me moving forward."

Federer's immediate focus is on reclaiming the number one ranking. The 20-time grand slam winner only has to reach the semi-final stages of the Rotterdam Open this week to return to the summit of the sport, with current number one Nadal sidelined with a hip problem.

If he can reclaim top spot, he will extend his record for most weeks at the top of the rankings, which currently stands at 302, while he will also replace Andre Agassi as the world's oldest world No.1, a record the American held when he was 33.

Roger Federer reveals travel plans that show he will not play full clay court schedule in 2018 .
Federer skipped the entire clay court swing of the season in 2017 including the French Open, but indicated that he will play a limited schedule this season.The Swiss made a surprise decision to play the recently concluded Rotterdam Open, which he won to make it nine titles in just over 12 months. Apart from capturing the title, he was also crowned the new world number one after his win in the quarter-finals; he is now 345 points ahead of number two Rafael Nadal.

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