Roger Federer reveals plans following decision on Dubai

Roger Federer will skip the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, it has been confirmed.

The 36-year-old became the oldest world number one in history last week when he won the Rotterdam Open, and he was expected to return to Dubai next, where he has won a record seven crowns.

However, tournament director Salah Tahlak has revealed Federer has decided to miss next week’s tournament in order to prepare for his defence of his Indian Wells and Miami titles next month.

“I have been in touch with his agent and the last time we spoke he informed me that Federer would rather spend some quality time at home with his wife and kids than make the trip to Dubai,” Tahlak told Gulf News.

“He also said that this decision from the world No 1 has nothing to do with Dubai, but it’s simply because he doesn’t want to take any chances during the build-up to his defence of the two titles in Indian Wells and Miami.”

“In fact he has conveyed his willingness to come and play in Dubai next year. As tournament owners and organisers we totally respect the wishes of the player even though he has made Dubai his second home while also winning a record seven titles at our tournament. We are convinced that he will return here next year.”