Roger Federer’s former coach ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if Swiss plays at Roland Garros

Don’t be surprised if Roger Federer ends his Roland Garros hiatus next year, according to his former coach Paul Annacone.

In an attempt to prolong his career, 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer has opted to skip the clay-court season, including the French Open, the last three years.

However, he has admitted in the past few months that he has not completely closed the door on Roland Garros and Annacone, who was Federer’s mentor from 2010-2013 with the pair winning Wimbledon 2012 and two ATP Finals during their time together, sees no reason why the 37-year-old, who won his only French Open title in 2009, won’t feature in Paris again.

“I have no idea what Roger is planning,” he told Express Sport in an interview. “But I won’t be surprised at all if he plays at Roland Garros.

“He loves Paris and has hasn’t played the last couple of years.

“There’s no reason he can’t do well there, again it’s about his schedule.

“Where will he take a break if he plays there?”

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