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Federer may miss French Open

ESPN staff
April 16, 2014
Roger Federer beat Radek Stepanek to move into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters © AP

Roger Federer has hinted he could skip the French Open in order to be with his wife when she gives birth again.

Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on December 24 they are expecting their third child, although they still do not know the due date.

"So we're just waiting," Federer said on Wednesday after beating Radek Stepanek at the Monte Carlo Masters.

"It's a priority for me trying to be there, trying to support my wife. I've played enough tennis matches. Missing a tournament or missing a match wouldn't change anything for me."

Asked if that means he would be prepared to miss the French Open, which runs from May 25 to June 8, the 17-time grand slam champion hinted that he would.

"Yeah, let's talk about it when it would happen. At the moment we hope it's not going to be that way," he added. "If it is, that's what it is, you know."

Federer has played in every grand slam since 2000.

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