The 35 year old says he is skipping the clay court season in order to be more competitive for tournaments on grass and hard courts later this summer.
Eighteen-time major victor Roger Federer will sit out the French Open and the rest of the clay-court season.
"My team decided that the performance of only one clay tournament will have a positive impact on my preparation for the remainder of the season", said Federer.
epa05902053 Swiss tennis player Roger Federer in action during the Tennis exhibition "Match for Africa 3" in the Hallenstadion Stadium in Zurich, Switzerland, 10 April 2017.
In 2009 he was shocked in the fourth round by Robin 'where are you now?' Soderling, the only defeat in the Spaniards awesome run of nine French Open titles in 10 years. He is (healthier than he's) been in the last five years.
However, with Federer withdrawing his name from the event, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal's chances as the favorite to win at Roland Garros have only increased.
Federer's absence means that both Australian Open champions will be absent in Paris, with fellow icon Serena Williams missing the rest of 2017 through pregnancy.
Adding to that, Federer is on a short-term agreement with the tournament in Stuttgart, so his grass begins the very week after the French Open, a week earlier than numerous other stars. With him out of a top-4 seed in Paris, that opens the door for a tougher and more physical draw right before the start of grass season. "It would be a mistake to look at them (his rivals) too much".
Federer missed the last half of 2016, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the U.S. Open, because of his surgically repaired left knee.
Federer started the year with a win at the Australian Open. It is certainly a logical question, given that the 18-time Grand Slam-winning Federer would have ventured onto European clay for the first time this year at Roland Garros.