It appears 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer could potentially skip the French Open if he is needed to take on the role of family man.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion has not missed a Major championship since 2000, which is over 13 consecutive years of Grand Slam tournaments, but admits that considering the amount of tennis matches he has played in the past, he has no issues with missing a tournament for the birth of his child.
“It’s a priority for me trying to be there, trying to support my wife. I’ve played enough tennis matches. Missing a tournament or missing a match wouldn’t change anything for me.
When asked if that would include the French Open, Federer said,” […] Yeah, let’s talk about it when it would happen. At the moment we hope it’s not going to be that way. If it is, that’s what it is, you know.”
Roger’s wife Mirka Federer delivered twin girls in July 2009 which was perfectly timed, as the births occurred in between Wimbledon and the North American hard court season. This time around it is unlikely that the Swiss No. 2 will have that luxury, and will likely need to miss a tournament or so in the process.