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Roger Federer won’t be playing 2017 French Open

As Roger Federer’s biggest fan (ha!), I have to say that I’m both disappointed and relieved that the resurgent tennis legend announced today he won’t be playing in this year’s French Open. The reigning Australian Open champ wants to focus on winning Wimbledon and the US Open. Federer won the title at Roland Garros in 2009 and has reached the final four other times but at this stage of his career he clearly has a bigger edge on faster surfaces. .

“I’ve been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month, but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it’s best to skip the clay-court season this year,” he said in a statement. “The start to the year has been magical for me, but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward.”

With Federer not in the field, I’m going to be rooting for seventh-ranked Dominic Thiem to make a breakthrough and win his first major. It would also be nice to see Andy Murray win in Paris for the first time but his form has really slipped in recent months as has that of reigning French champ Novak Djokovic. The big favorite is, once again, Rafael Nadal who is on a three-tournament winning streak and has won a record nine French Opens.

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