Roger Federer has chosen to skip next week’s Dubai Tennis Championships and focus on defending his titles at Indian Wells and Miami next month.
The 36-year-old Swiss has enjoyed a spectacular start to 2018, retaining his Australian Open title and recapturing the world number one ranking for the first time in six years.
He could have tried to consolidate his position at the top of the rankings with a good week in Dubai, where he is a seven-time champion, but will instead turn his attention to the first Masters 1000 events of the season.
Before heading to the US, Federer will attend the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on Tuesday.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) February 23, 2018
Federer is nominated for World Sportsman of the Year and World Comeback of the Year for his achievements in 2017, when he won his first Grand Slam titles for almost five years at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza are among the nominees for World Sportswoman of the Year.
French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko is nominated for World Breakthrough of the Year, Japan’s Yui Kamiji for World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability, and France’s Davis Cup winners for World Team of the Year.
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