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Published: 18:00 | 19/5/16

Federer out of French Open

Roger Federer will miss this year's French Open after failing to recover from a back injury.

Federer picked up the injury during practice ahead of the Madrid Open and was forced to withdraw from the event in Spain.

Although he returned to compete in the Italian Open, Federer does not believe he is fit enough to compete at Roland Garros and has decided to withdraw from the second grand slam of the year.

“I regret to announce I have made the decision not to play in this year’s French Open. I have been making steady progress, but I am still not 100%," said the world number three.

"I feel I might be taking an unnecessary risk by playing in this event before I am really ready.

"This decision was not easy to make, but I took it to ensure I could play the remainder of the season and help to extend the rest of my career.

"I remain as motivated and excited as ever and my plan is to achieve the highest level of fitness before returning to the ATP World Tour for the grass-court season. I am sorry for my fans in Paris but I very much look forward to returning to Roland Garros in 2017."

Federer's withdrawal ends a run of 65 consecutive appearances in majors extending back to his grand slam debut in Paris 17 years ago.

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