Roger Federer to skip the clay-court season again

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MIAMI, Fla. – Roger Federer lost his opening match in Miami Saturday to qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis. So there will be no Sunshine Double.

(But more on that here).

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The bigger-picture news from the No. 1 (for now) is that once again, he has decided to pass on the entire clay-court season, which begins in two weeks in Monte Carlo and runs through the French Open.

Federer had said he would decide after Miami whether or not he would play on the terre battue.

But the 36-year-old Swiss announced after the 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) defeat to Kokkinakis Saturday that the decision had already been made.

It was short and sweet. He has decided not to play. 

Last year, Federer had toyed with the notion of skipping all the warmup events and playing the main event, at Roland Garros.

Ultimately, he decided not to play anything. 

This year, he has already decided. He won’t play the French Open, either.

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