Federer Releases 2016 Schedule — Only One Clay Event

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Roger Federer Tennis News

Roger Federer loves to play and when he was just starting out and he was only 18 year old, he played every month, everywhere, any type of tournament.

But the now the 34 year-old has finally changed and the 17-time Grand Slam has decided that in 2016, he will only play one clay event; the French Open.

Federer released his calendar for 2016 on Thursday, saying that he will play the French Open, but he will not play on three major clay court tournaments at the ATP 1000s: Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome.

In 2015, the 2009 French Open Federer lost against Jeremy Chardy in Monte Carlo. In Madrid, he fell early against Nick Kyrgios, but he did played well in Rome and reached the final, when he went down against No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

At the French, he lost to his friend Stan Wawrinka in the quarters.

Federer will only play five ATP 1000s next year: Indian Wells, Canada, Cincinnati, Shanghai and Paris. He will not play in the ATP 1000 Miami, on the favored hard courts, late in March.

Starting in 2016, he will play Brisbane and the Australian Open in January. In February, he will go to Rotterdam and Dubai. Then he will go to Indian Wells in the beginning of March. After that, he will have two months to rest before he plays on the clay at the end of May.

Once he begins to play again, he will have a heavy schedule. The Swiss will go on grass, playing Stuttgart, Halle and Wimbledon. Then on the hard courts, he will go to Canada, the Rio Olympics, Cincinnati and the US Open.

Federer might be tired, but he recently said that he will be back in 2017. He might still be playing when he is 37 years old.

“I’m feeling fine physically and in good shape,” Federer said.  “Like I say so many times, I hope I’m still on tour for a while. There are no plans to retire yet, I don’t have a definite date, even though that would make things easier to plan.”

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