Wimbledon: Roger Federer to start grass-season at Stuttgart
20-time men's Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has announced that he will start his grass-court season in June. Federer, who is skipping the clay-court season including the French Open, is hoping to prepare for his Wimbledon defense in ATP tournament at Stuttgart. Last season, he had done the same in order to be fresh for Wimbledon and he is hoping to reap similar results.
Federer on skipping clay-court season
Roger #Federer on his decision to skip the French Open: "I am not 25 any more I need to reserve some energy for Wimbledon. I love the grass more than the clay court, so that is why I won’t take part this year." pic.twitter.com/fJ8Z5hEEC7— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) May 2, 2018
When is the Stuttgart Open?
The event starts a day after the 2018 French Open on June 11. It is a week long tournament. It will be the third occasion that Federer will be competing in the ATP 250 tournament. He had suffered a 1st round exit here last season.
Federer vying for maiden honour at Mercedes Open
Federer, the world number two-ranked player, has a whopping ATP 164-24 record on grass. His win-percentage of 87.2 is outstanding. The likes of Nick Kyrgios, Lucas Pouille and Milos Raonic will join him at Stuttgart. The Swiss maestro, who won two grass tournaments in 2017 (Halle and Wimbledon), will be vying for a maiden honour at Stuttgart. It marks the beginning of grass-court schedule.