So Roger’s posted his 2009 playing schedule on his website (click here) along with the note below.
I am really pleased with the season the way we have planned it and I am looking forward to an exciting year! I am still enjoying a few more days on holiday. It is such a treat to just enjoy the sun and the sea together with Mirka. After that we’ll start the preparations for 2009 with a training camp in Dubai. That is always very intense, but it’s a vital part to a successful start of the new year – which begins very soon!
Do we think Mirka might be doing some heavy lifting, herself, during the Dubai training? I’m thinking carat weight, here, not barbells.
Okay, enough with the endless engagement speculation – the real news is no news: there are very few surprises when it comes to Federer’s 2009 season.
He’s playing 3 tournaments before the Aussie Open, which seems like overkill, but considering that one’s in Abu Dhabi (a 3-day exo starting on New Year’s Day) and the other’s in Doha (ATP 250 series with Rafa), I guess he’s thinking of it like an extension of his Middle East training camp. It’s always nice when the competition comes to you.
After the Australian, he’s committed to play U.S.A. in Davis Cup competition – most likely in front of 25,000 Texans in San Antonio. Then there’s the annual stops in Palm Springs and Miami, which aren’t too high on the personal priority list for our guy, anymore.
He’s entered only 2 clay tournaments before Roland Garros, the ATP 1000 Series in Rome and the new one in Madrid. I’m already mourning Monte Carlo.
Halle (an ATP 250) will remain Roger’s grass warm up before the Big W, which we all know is the only tournament Roger cares about. (Although if Switzerland pulls off a miracle in San Antonio, I’m thinking Davis Cup might finally make it onto Federer’s personal glory list – especially since it involves playing doubles with Stan Wawrinka.)
After reclaiming the Wimbledon title (ha!), it’s basically the same old, same old, for the rest of the year, before and after the U.S. Open. Two new stops include the ATP 1000 series indoor event in Shanghai and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, a.k.a. the WTF.
Good luck in ’09, Roger!