French Open to be Federer’s only claycourt appearance in 2020

The 38-year-old has been cutting down on the number of tournaments he plays over the last few years in a bid to prolong his career. — AFP pic

The 38-year-old has been cutting down on the number of tournaments he plays over the last few years in a bid to prolong his career. — AFP pic

The Swiss skipped the entire clay court season in 2017 and 2018 and past year played only two tournaments on the surface before arriving in Paris for the French Open. "It's just going to get to Roland Garros to play, and there is no other graveltoernooien on it".

There was speculation that Federer would include the Madrid and Rome Masters in his truncated schedule for 2020 but his agent, Tony Godsick, said that would not happen.

Federer has been selective with his clay court schedule since 2017 where skipped the entire clay court season, including Roland Garros, two years in a row before returning and playing in Paris, Madrid and Rome last year.

The 38-year-old Swiss reached the quarter finals of both tournaments last year before reaching the semi-final of Roland Garros where he was beaten by Rafael Nadal.

He added a number of exhibition tournaments to his schedule at the end of 2019, in South America, Mexico and Hangzou, China.

He landed in the Australian great without having played a competitive game since November a year ago (month in which he played the ATP Finals).

Federer, who won the French Open only once, in 2009, will arrive rested for this year's campaign at Roland Garros, which begins on May 24.

Federer will try to defend the title in Dubai in two weeks, embracing North American swing in Indian Wells and Miami after that and taking nearly two months off to charge batteries for Roland Garros and grass swing that follows after that lone clay event.

The Miami Masters hard court tournament from March 25 to April 5 is the last step on your calendar before Paris.

Federer, but also often say, in the twilight of his career and, especially, to want to enjoy yourself and not have to worry about his ranking. "My play a year ago, it gives me the feeling that I was still able to do".

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