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Roger Federer is one of the greatest sportspeople of all time but the Swiss tennis superstar has been notably absent from the court in recent months.

The 40-year-old hasn’t played at a grand slam since July 2021, when he was knocked out of Wimbledon — where he holds legendary status — in straight sets. 

By his stratospherically successful standards, Federer has not been quite as dominant at Roland-Garros as he has at other tournaments – but he has remained popular in Paris over the years.

Here’s what you need to know about Federer’s involvement this time.

Is Roger Federer playing at the French Open in 2023?

Federer will not be competing at the 2023 French Open because the 20-time major winner announced his retirement in September last year.

The veteran had been troubled by a succession of injury issues, restricting him to featuring in only two of the previous seven French Open tournaments

“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” Federer told his fans.

What is Roger Federer’s French Open record?

Thanks in large part to Rafael Nadal’s dominance at Roland-Garros, Federer struggled to make his mark at the French Open during his otherwise outstanding career. 

Federer won the second grand slam of the year just once, in 2009, while losing four French Open finals against Nadal.  

Federer fared much better at every other Grand Slam tournament, winning Wimbledon eight times, the Australian Open on six occasions and the US Open five times. 

Year Federer’s French Open result
2022 Absent
2021 Fourth round
2020 Absent
2019 Semifinals
2018 Absent
2017 Absent
2016 Absent
2015 Quarterfinals
2014 Fourth round
2013 Quarterfinals
2012 Semifinals
2011 Final
2010 Quarterfinals
2009 Winner
2008 Final
2007 Final
2006 Final
2005 Semifinal
2004 Third round
2003 First round
2002 First round
2001 Quarterfinals
2000 Fourth round
1999 First round

Roger Federer retirement: What did he say about leaving tennis?

Federer had previously described a potential return to grand slam action as a “dream” but was eventually forced to admit defeat in his bid to come back.

The Laver Cup in London in 2022 was his final ATP event, although he said he would “of course” play more tennis in future away from the tour.

“I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form,” Federer added. “But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.

“I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognise when it is time to end my competitive career.”



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