Roger Federer to skip 2017 French Open

He wants to concentrate on the post-clay court season

Eighteen time Grand Slam winner and Australian Open tennis champion Roger Federer says he will not play in this month's French Open.

The 35 year old says he is skipping the clay court season in order to be more competitive for tournaments on grass and hard courts later this summer.

Only one of his 18 major titles has come at Roland Garros, when he beat Robert Soderling in the 2009 final.

The Swiss maestro revealed news of his decision to skip the 2017 French Open on his official website.

He said: "Regrettably, I've decided not to participate in the French Open. I've been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it's best to skip the clay court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard court seasons. The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward. Thus, my team and I concluded today that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season. I will miss the French fans, who have always been so supportive and I look forward to seeing them at Roland Garros next year."