Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer has ruled out his participation in the upcoming Monte-Carlo Masters tournament.
The 37-year-old has skipped the entire clay season, including the French Open, in recent years to prepare well for the Wimbledon championship, but after his fourth-round ouster from the recently-concluded Australian Open, Federer had confirmed that the trend would change this time.
But it seems like Monte-Carlo Masters is not part of Federer's plans. He said that he does not want to overdo things and that participation in Monte-Carlo is "too early" for him.
"I do not want to play much more. I'd rather train more and prepare well for the grass-court season, I do not definitely want to overdo it. What tournament should we look at? Monte Carlo is probably too early," Federer was quoted as saying.
The Monte Carlo Masters is slated to get underway on April 13 which means that Federer might participating in the following clay tournaments that include Madrid Open and Italian Open.