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Roger Federer's absence hasn’t changed anything, says French Open director Guy Forget

Federer opted out of the French Open to prepare for tournaments that are played on hard and grass courts

Prabhjeet Sethi @SinghOfGudTimes 26 May 2018, 2:23 PM
Roger Federer has won the French Open only once in his career

Roger Federer has won the French Open only once in his career Image: Twitter

Rafael Nadal had recently said that Roger Federer prefers avoiding him on clay. This happened soon after Federer had announced that he would not play this year’s French Open because he needs to prepare for tournaments that are played on hard and grass courts.

And now that the French Open is already knocking at the door, the tournament’s director, Guy Forget, has said that the Swiss star’s absence hasn’t affected the tournament at all.

Giving due credit to Federer’s popularity among the masses, Forget said, “On a media level, obviously, a Nadal-Federer final would still create a buzz in Paris. But grounds are packed. The product works without Federer. On an audience level, his absence hasn't changed anything.”

Federer has managed to win the French Open only once, back in 2009. And his arch-rival, Rafael Nadal, is eyeing his 11th Roland Garros title this year.

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