Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open on Monday. "I've been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month but in order to try and play on the [Association of Tennis Professionals] World Tour for many years to come, I feel it's best to skip the clay court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard court seasons," Federer said in a statement.
The French Open begins on Monday, May 22. Federer is ranked No. 5 in the world by the ATP, and has won a record 18 Grand Slam singles titles. Read his entire statement below. Jeva Lange