TENNIS: Roger Federer will bypass the French Open to focus on grass and hard court events.
In pursuit of his 19th grand slam win at Wimbledon next month, the 35-year-old posted a message on his website entitled "Roger to skip Roland Garros".
His agent, Tony Godsick, confirmed Federer would not compete on the clay in Paris.
The French Open, which he won in 2009 to secure a career grand slam, starts on May 29.
Federer pulled out of the tournament last year because of back and knee problems, ending his record streak of 65 consecutive Grand Slam appearances since the start of 2000.
"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 wrote on his website.
Federer has not played in a tournament since April 2 at the Miami Open, when he secured his third title of 2017 . That win improved his record this year to 19-1, all on hard courts.
He beat Raphael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open in January.
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