Roger Federer has announced that he and his team have decided to skip the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Following his heartbreaking defeat at Wimbledon he announced that this was a plan they spoke about the week before the final.
It will be the sixth time in eight years that the two time former champion of the tournament will be skipping it ahead of the US Open but has outlined his intentions to play in Cincinnati with that to be his only warm-up for the final major of the year where he hasn’t won since 2008.
In his last two appearances in Canada he has been runner-up on both occasions.
The plan to skip the event is based on time to rest. It has been a long couple of months for Roger who turns 38 in September and is still competing at the highest level in tennis and battling it out in the longest Wimbledon Final of all time.
This was also the first year in four years that he has re-introduced clay court tennis to his schedule so a time to rest ahead of New York seems like the right idea.