Pity The French
Posted on April 15 2018
Is Federer Going to Play the French Open 2018?
Roger Federer’s decision not to play the clay court season again this year is undoubtedly a big blow for the French Open, but a big gain for tennis fans in general. Federer, now 36, hasn’t played the French Open since 2015, preferring instead to take the opportunity to rest his body ahead of a tilt at the Wimbledon title. While this is bad news for French Open enthusiasts, Federer’s decision to skip the clay court season has bared fruit in the past, culminating in Federer winning Wimbledon without dropping a set in 2017.
For fans of tennis, and Federer (and who could be a fan of tennis without being a fan of Federer) though, it is not necessarily winning that is the most important part of Federer’s decision not to play the clays. Instead, what should concern fans most is longevity. Time is running out to see the 20 times grand slam champion in the flesh, and any move that means we can see the Swiss maestro a while longer should surely be welcomed.
Unfortunately for the clay court tournaments, and in particular, the French Open, the short clay court season is the logical time for Federer to rest. Not only is clay court tennis particularly physical and draining, but also, Federer knows his chances of winning at Roland Garros are severely limited. Just to reach the French Open final, Federer would have to expend a huge amount of energy and play extremely well just to face Rafael Nadal, a man against whom he has a 2 and 13 record on clay.
So Federer’s withdrawal from the French Open may be a great disappointment for French fans, but for the rest, it is certainly a blessing. If Federer has to miss a couple of clay tournaments a year in order to entertain us at the other 15 or so competitions he plays each year then so be it.
One thing Federer could do to rest his body a little more is to use a tennis ball collector!
Okay - Fed probably doesn’t need a collector, but I’m sure he’d find the pickup tool interesting. The fact is Kollectaball is interesting and more importantly, it’s fun! Kids absolutely love running around with our tennis ball collectors, so much so that they’ll be running to collect the balls.
Many coaches see collecting balls as part of the discipline process of tennis, but you’d be surprised how much time and energy you can save when using a quick and ease ball picker to pick up the balls.
For kids, it can save their attention span which can be better used on learning the game and for slightly older, more competitive, tennis players, it provides essential time for active rest. Active rest can be anything from taking on food and drink to stretches, mobility exercises or even rehabilitation.
So take a look at one of our videos and see if you think your pupils might enjoy a fun tennis ball collecting tool.