Roger Federer insists he’s hoping to play at the French Open in 2018, although he has taken no decision over his schedule just yet.
The world No. 2 skipped the entirety of the clay-court season this year in order to prepare the best he could for Wimbledon and to avoid the risk of further injury.
But while the move paid off as he won an eighth Wimbledon title, he is not necessarily planning on doing the same again next year with ‘everything back on the table’ in terms of scheduling.
‘I’m considering all options,’ he said ahead of the ATP Finals. ‘Even though it’s connected, I always see the season up to Indian Wells & Miami and then you’re connected all the way to Wimbledon to see what the clay-court season will look like going into the grass-court season.
‘I’m talking about that with my team right now – what do they think No. 1? They were a big part of me not playing the clay last year.
‘I was kind of ready to do it until the very end. When we sat down for Madrid and Rome, they thought: “Think about it wisely about what you want to do because remember the year before you had problems with your knee on the clay. Maybe this year is not right. We know it’s a really difficult decision for you but take it into consideration not to play.”
‘And that’s kind of what I felt, maybe it’s the right decision not to push it because it’s been a great season so far.
‘Next year, everything’s back on the table. Anything is possible. I’m hoping to play.
‘But I have to be very cautious on my decision making and the question is whether to make the decision early or to wait and see what happens at the beginning of the season.
‘There’s no guarantee I’ll be playing as well at the start of next season as this season. I have to let everything into consideration and then I’ll let you guys know, I guess.’