Roger Federer decides to play the Italian Open 2019, next week as he warms up for a return at the Roland Garros 2019. But on the other hand, he also chooses to skip the Stuttgart Open 2019, scheduled to start in the second week of June.
Roger Federer confirmed that he would not be playing the Stuttgart Open 2019 after his participation at Roland Garros 2019. The Swiss played the Stuttgart Open in the last three seasons. But he decides to change his schedule a bit after participating in the clay season, this year.
He said in a press conference after his defeat against the Thiem at the Mutua Madrid Open 2019, “I am not signed in for Stuttgart. I played a lot of grass court tennis last year. Maybe only Halle is better for me.”
Earlier, the tournament director of the Stuttgart Open also hinted for the possibility of a withdrawal from the Swiss Maestro. He said in a statement, “Our goal is to have Roger playing in 2020 and if he wants to play in 2019, we would make a deal between us. The relevant thing is not the appearance fee but if he decides to play a second grass-court tournament as he did in the previous years, competing in Stuttgart and Halle.”
Roger Federer also accepted that he finally feels comfortable on clay after playing on the surface since 2016. He said, “I feel very good about my game. I thought I had some good matches here, especially the last two. Obviously, Gael and Dominic are tough on the clay so it was a good battle. Yes, I feel good on the clay right now.”
He also announced some good news for his fans as he decides to play in Rome. Federer has never won the Italian Open in his career. “Hello everybody. Just finished speaking to the team and happy to say I’m coming back to Rome to play in Italy, ” said the Swiss in a video on social media.