Federer doubt for French Open

Former world number one Roger Federer could miss the French Open after withdrawing from this week’s Madrid Open (David Ferrer 10/1 – ATP Mutua Madrid Open 2014 outright).

The Swiss maestro has revealed he will not be competing in Madrid in order to be with wife Mirka as they await the birth of their third child.

The 32-year-old, who has four-year-old twin girls, admitted earlier this year that he may have to miss tournament to be with his family and Federer has now confirmed his withdrawal from the Madrid Open.

He said on his Facebook page: “I’ve decided to withdraw from Madrid to be with my wife Mirka during these next few exciting weeks for our family.

“I apologise to my fans and hope to be back in Madrid next year. I’ll be training near my home, and am excited to rejoin the Tour soon!”

It has now been speculated that Federer may also miss next week’s Rome Masters and potentially the next Grand Slam event, the French Open.

The French Open begins later this month and it remains to be seen whether or not the 2009 champion will be involved, but his family commitments are not expected to see Federer miss Wimbledon, which begins at the end of next month.

Federer can be backed at 4/1 to win Wimbledon later this year, Novak Djokovic is 7/4 and Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka is priced at 16/1.

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