'Not true': Agent shuts down ongoing 'rumours' about Roger Federer

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Roger Federer’s agent has reportedly dismissed rumours he will ramp up his clay-court schedule in 2020.

After a three-year absence from the clay-court season, Federer returned and played the French Open in 2019.

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There have been multiple reports that the 20-time grand slam champion will increase his clay-court schedule this year and play in Rome and Madrid before hitting Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at The Match in Africa in Cape Town. (Photo by RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images)

However Federer’s agent Tony Godsick has moved to dismiss those claims.

Swiss journalist Rene Stauffer says he spoke to Godsick on Wednesday, who shut down the ‘rumours’.

“Just got the confirmation from Tony Godsick that rumours are not true that @rogerfederer will play Masters-Tournaments in Rome and Madrid 2020,” Stauffer tweeted.

“Probably only Roland Garros on clay.”

Federer is currently enjoying some time off with his family after being knocked out of the Australian Open in the semi-finals.

He will reportedly return to action in Dubai on February 24 before playing the ‘Sunshine Double’ in Indian Wells and Miami.

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The rest of his schedule for 2020 remains up in the air, with the Tokyo Olympics a main priority in the middle of the year.

“I've been debating with my team for a few weeks now, months actually, what I should do in the summer time (of 2020) after Wimbledon and before the US Open,” Federer said last year while announcing his intentions to play.

“At the end of the day my heart decided to play the Olympic Games again.”

Federer has won all four of the grand slam tournaments, as well as the ATP Tour Finals six times, but is still waiting to grab Olympic singles gold.

Roger Federer speaks to media in Cape Town. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The 38-year-old did win a doubles gold alongside fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka at Beijing in 2008, but when he got to the London singles final in 2012 he was hammered 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 by an inspired Andy Murray.

Federer did not compete at Rio 2016, where Murray won again, but has since twice won the Australian Open and took the 2017 Wimbledon title before losing an epic final in the grass-court grand slam to Novak Djokovic in 2019.

Djokovic and Nadal have both already said they will compete in Tokyo, the trio setting the scene for a highly competitive tournament.

Compatriot Belinda Bencic recently said she’s hoping Federer will play mixed doubles with her in Tokyo.

"I hope so. That also depends on his form,” she said.

“If he decides to compete in singles and mixed doubles, I would be very happy if we could play together.”

with agencies