Fans will not see Roger Federer on the courts again until the French Open. But are his reasons for rest valid? And where do his priorities lie?
Following on from his dramatic victory over Nadal in Florida, thirty five year old tennis ace, Roger Federer is taking some time out before he hits the clay next month in France.
Having had a good year so far, with three titles under his belt, it seems that the champion player feels the need to recover from all the excitement. Or is concerned about his form. Considering that he missed out on the latter half of the season last year with a knee injury, anyone would have thought that he would want to make the most of 2017. Or is that what he is doing?
After he lifted the trophy in Miami last week, Federer confirmed his absence from the courts this April. He stated that he could only play top class tennis when he was in his words; ‘healthy and feeling good.’ He admitted that if he isn’t fully fit then he wouldn’t be able to face top players and successfully beat them. So, in order to perform to the best of his ability he feels that he needs to rest. It seems as though he has handpicked the tournaments that will benefit him the most, and decided that those are the ones that he will play.
Federer’s focus will now be on his next grand slam competition, from there he will focus on the grass season and on hard court titles.
Referring to himself and his current status, he explained that with his age came certain restrictions. Things in his life have changed dramatically since the start of his professional career. Previously he needed to make sure that he was front and centre in every competition possible, he was able to do this as he was younger and slightly more agile than he is today. At this point in his career he feels that it would be much more productive for him to be fresh for the bigger competitions.
The French Open is due to start on May 28th.
Author Lisa Baldwin
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