Roger Federer will return in the upcoming Mercedes Cup Image: AFP
Roger Federer’s decision to opt out of this year’s French Open has been under heavy scrutiny by fans. And arch-rival Rafael Nadal's sly dig at the Swiss legend for avoiding face-offs with him on clay threatened to start yet another chapter in the famous #Fedal rivalry.
But the veteran tennis icon refused to get drawn in and doused the fire with a plausible justification for his absence from this year's Roland Garros. The 36-year-old also stressed his intent to play the prestigious French Open again before he retires.
“I needed to balance everything in my life and make sure I had enough time for training, rest, and recovery—and philanthropy. Also, being a father to four kids and a great husband for my wife was paramount in deciding my schedule. But hopefully, I can play Roland Garros again before my career is over,” Federer said in an interview with Vogue.
Being a father to four kids and a great husband for my wife was paramount in deciding my schedule. Roger Federer
Federer, who has won 20 career Grand Slams in his illustrious career, is considered one of the, if not the greatest, tennis player of all times. But the Swiss ace's record on clay courts at Roland Garros isn't quite up to his lofty standards. He only won the title in Paris once, way back in 2009. In comparison, Nadal has 10 French Open titles to his name.
Federer is set to return to competitive tennis in the Mercedes Cup, which starts in June.