Published On: Tue, Apr 2nd, 2019

Roger Federer’s clay court plans revealed by coach Severin Luthi | Tennis | Sport

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In January, Federer announced his intention to play on the clay this year after injury and fatigue led him to miss the past three seasons.

Federer will play just one clay event, the Madrid Open, before competing at the French Open in late May.

The Swiss star is set for a break after a busy February and March which saw him win in Dubai, finish runner-up in Indian Wells and win in Miami.

The Madrid Open begins on May 3 which gives Federer a month to ready himself of the grueling physical exertion of the surface.

And his long-time coach Severin Luthi says he is confident the 37-year-old will have enough time to prepare with trainer Pierre Paganini.

Speaking in an interview with the ATP about how they will prepare Federer for Madrid, Luthi said: “He will be off for a few days.

“I think it is important, not only if you are 37-years-old.

“He is going to play enough on clay. It is going to be a lot of physical training at the beginning with Pierre.

“He is going to have enough time to adapt to the clay.”

Last month, Federer insisted there was no plan to miss the French Open three years in a row.

“It was never the plan to miss three French Opens,” he said.

“In 2016, I had to. In 17, I went on clay for a couple of days [then] spoke to the team and asked them what they thought and they said be really sure that you want to do this and I was like ‘I’m not so let’s not do it.

“In 2018, I was just not in the mood. I was happy to have an extended break again for longevity reasons that I could still stay in the game.

“And then this year, I was not in the mood to have a massive break.

“I was also excited about the idea of going back onto the clay because I really feel the body’s in a great place right now. And I’d like to play the French Open again and mix up the schedule.

“It actually came very naturally and I asked the team what they thought and they said ‘don’t ask us, as long as you’re happy to keep playing tennis, that’s all we care about and whatever tournament you want to play that’s all good’. So that was very nice of my team.”

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