Cape Town - Roger Federer has revealed that he has not totally given up on the French Open just yet.
For the last few years, the Swiss ace has decided to skip the entire
clay court season - Roland Garros included - in order to preserve his
body and focus on the tournaments he feels he has the best chance of
In a recent interview with Vogue Magazine, however, Federer
revealed that he might still play in Paris - and in other clay court
events - at some point in the future.
"In consultation with my team, it became clear that if I wanted to
try hard to stay on tour for a few more years, I could not play the same
busy schedule that I did years back," Federer said.
"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 also spoke about how the world rankings have gotten less
important to him as his career has advanced, and how his great rival
Rafa Nadal pushed him to be a better player.
"The rankings don't affect my game. I worked hard to get back to
number one, but at this point in my career, chasing that is not the
goal," he said.
"Staying healthy, making sure I am prepared for the big events, and playing places where I enjoy are the real goals."
Federer added: "Playing against Rafa (Nadal) for so many years has
been amazing - he pushed me to innovate, work harder, and to develop my
"I don't think I would be the player I am today without him as my chief rival."