After being upset by Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Miami Open on Saturday, Roger Federer announced he won’t take part in the clay season in 2018, according to Carole Bouchard of L’Equipe.
“I decided not to play,” Federer said Saturday, courtesy of Tennis TV.
His decision to skip the clay portion of the calendar means the 36-year-old won’t appear at the French Open for the third straight year. He’ll also miss his second consecutive Monte-Carlo Masters after opting to withdraw from the tournament last year in hopes of prolonging his legendary career.
After skipping the clay season in 2017, Federer returned with tuneups at the Mercedes Cup and Gerry Weber Open before taking part in Wimbledon in July.