Roger Federer has revealed the French Open is likelyto be the only clay-court tournament he plays in 2017as he looks to give his body sufficient rest following his remarkable recent resurgence.
After missing much of last season through injury, Federer has bounced back in stunning style by winning the Australian Open, BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open this year.
A straight-sets victory over arch-rivalRafael Nadal on Sunday secured the latest of those titles for the evergreen 35-year-old Swiss.
After that win, Federer confirmed he intends to avoid competitive action until Roland Garros hosts the year's second Grand Slam between May 29 and June 11.
"I'm not 24 any more, so things have changed in a big way and I probably won't play any clay-court events except the French," Federer said ina courtside interview with ESPN's Brad Gilbert. "I need a rest, my body needs healing. I need time as well to prepare, so you'll probably see me at the French again."
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 2, 2017