Roger Federer has said that he intends to play at the French Open next year as he revealed details on his planned schedule for 2020.
The 38-year-old took a three-year sabbatical from clay-court tennis before returning to Roland Garros this season.
That was part of a carefully-designed program to manage his fitness.
It had been speculated that Federer was returning to Paris this season for just one last time to say his farewells before retiring, but it seems that isn’t the case.
“I will play the French Open,” Federer told CNN.
“I probably won’t play much before that. Especially if I’m playing the Olympics and all that.”
Federer’s scheduling is generally kept as a tightly-guarded secret, but he appears to have a pretty careful planned laid out for the second half of 2020.
“I’ll probably play the French [Open], Halle, Wimbledon, Olympics, and then maybe Cincinnati, then the US Open,” he added.
He also addressed retirement talk this season, essentially saying that his body will tell him when it’s time to stop.
“When you are healthy, like I am right now, it’s more fun to play, because when you have one problem it is kind of okay, if you have two it gets tough,” he said.
“Whenever you have three at the same time, you know you need a break and you feel like it is foggy and it is just not fun, to always play hurt.”
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