Federer opts out of French Open, to safeguard his Wimbledon interest

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Roger Federer has opted out of the French Open ahead of his pre-quarterfinals game on Monday. Photo courtesy: Twitter/Roland-Garros.

Roger Federer has opted out of the French Open ahead of his pre-quarterfinal battle with Matteo Berrettini today (Monday). The focus is clear. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has prioritised his happy hunting ground Wimbledon over the Roland Garros ambitions.

Federer and Rolland Garros had dropped enough hints on Sunday that the40-year-old Swiss legend might not turn up for his fourth round match. Federer has now announced that he did not want to push himself too much. The French Open organisers too have confirmed that.

“After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery,” tweeted Federer with the promise to “see everyone soon!”

Federer had returned to the Grand Slam action after 487 days when took to the red clay courts at the Roland Garros in Paris on May 31. Appearance was more customary in fashion. A shot at the title where he had won only one of his 20 Grand Slam crowns never appeared on his realistic priority list.

“I’m just realistic that I know I will not win the French and whoever thought I would or could win it is wrong,” Federer had said going into the Roland Garros following an early Geneva Open exit.

French Open organisers later issued a Press release to confirm that Federer is out of the tournament.

Federer will now be back in action at the Halle Open next week en route to the Wimbledon, where he will be eyeing a ninth title at the grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club courts. It made little sense for Federer to trouble is operated knee.

Though he has promised to “see all soon” it appears Federer has played his last Grand Slam singles match at the Roland Garros.

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