For the second time in three years, Roger Federer will not be in Key Biscayne to play the Miami Open (formerly the Sony Open).
The 17-time Grand Slam champion, always a big draw in South Florida, decided to leave Miami off his 2015 spring schedule as a matter of “physical preservation,” said his agent, Tony Godsick.
“It’s unfortunate because Roger loves Miami and has had success there, but he turns 34 this year and he just can’t play every tournament,” Godsick said. “He has to play a schedule that works for him physically, that makes sense with his family, so he had to change it up.”
Federer won the Key Biscayne event in 2005 and 2006. He skipped it in 2013, also for scheduling reasons.
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He plans to play Dubai and Indian Wells, California, and then head back to Europe to train for the clay court season. He is entered in Monte Carlo, Rome, Madrid and the French Open.
“We are disappointed for our fans to hear that Roger has not included Miami on his spring schedule,” said Miami Open tournament director Adam Barrett.
“We wish him luck for the rest of the year. With 73 or the top 75 ranked men and all 75 of the top ranked women still scheduled to compete, including 14 Grand Slam winners, we look forward to hosting another tremendous event.”
Among the marquee players in the field: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.
The tournament runs from March 23- April 5.