On his official website, Roger Federer released his 2013 playing schedule and among the surprises is the omission of Miami, Monte Carlo and his hometown event in Basel. Federer has also been wise when it comes to scheduling, but not playing Miami, an event he’s never missed, is puzzling.
Among the hard court outdoor Masters events, Federer has had his most problems at Miami, winning there just twice and not having reached the finals since 2006. And he’s never won Monte Carlo. So instead of struggling again in Florida and Monaco, Federer is now scheduled to have an almost two month break after Indian Wells.
At 31, with 12 years of service and over 600 matches played, Federer, by ATP rule, is now exempt from having to meet his 2013 Masters commitment. The Swiss is now free to play the Masters events he chooses without fine, however, he will still lose points for missing those top events.
From the Rule Book, “A. A player’s number of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 commitment tournaments shall be reduced by one (1) tournament for reaching each of the following milestones: 1) 600 matches* (as of 1 January of the commitment year); 2) 12 years of service; 3) 31 years of age (as of 1 January of the commitment year). If all three (3) conditions are met then the player has a complete exemption from the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 player commitment.”
So Federer will return to Rotterdam after the Australian Open and also play Dubai once again. The middle of his year is per norm, then in the fall he’s slated to return to Shanghai but will pass up on playing Basel, for now, before returning to Paris.
As written on his website, this of course is subject to change. Davis Cup is also still an option.
Roger Federer’s 2013 Schedule
Australian Open, Melbourne
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournamen, Rotterdam
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Dubai
BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells
Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid
Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome
Roland Garros, Paris
Gerry Weber Open, Halle
Rogers Cup, Montreal
Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati
US Open, New York
Shanghai Rolex Masters, Shanghai
BNP Masters , Paris
Source: Staff/ Tennis-x.com