Roger Federer may come back at the French Open next year competing there for the first time since 2015, but if he does not compete, it won’t be the end of the world. That’s what the Tournament Director Guy Forget told Tennis World USA in an exclusive interview this week on Thursday.
Commenting on the chances to see Federer competing in the second Calendar Grand Slam of the year, Forget said: ‘I don’t know about Roger in Roland Garros because he doesn’t know himself yet. He will decide in December, he said.
But a major tournament is bigger than any player and that is where the top players make a name for themselves. So anybody who wins one becomes a star.’ Meanwhile, Federer revealed: ‘I hurt my hand in training at the beginning of the grass-court season.
I feel that I had more consequences than what I thought. I brought this pain inside myself for three months. It should not be an excuse. But it had a bad influence on my forehand. I did not manage to hit it well, especially in the Halle final and Wimbledon as well.’ At the Laver Cup in Chicago, he felt better: ‘For a moment, I still had pain during the first ten minutes, during the warm-up for example.
But now I can hit my forehand normally, without thinking about my hand.’ Federer will take a call on his 2019 clay-court season in December this year, ahead of the new season that for him will start at the Hopman Cup in Perth.