Roger Federer is no longer a spring chicken at the age of 31 and that makes it all the more necessary that he gets adequate rest to prepare for some of the bigger tournaments in 2013.
Thus far in 2013, Federer has played in two tournaments, but has yet to notch his first singles victory of the season.
His first attempt was at the Australian Open where he made it all the way to the semifinals against Andy Murray. Unfortunately for Fed-Ex, that match resulted in a loss and a disappointing finish to the first major of the year.
Federer's second try at a singles title came this month in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. Again, Federer came up short, this time in the quarterfinals versus Julien Benneteau in what was an unexpected result to say the least.
With such stiff competition ahead in some of the bigger tourneys of the season, Federer must get as much rest as possible in order to match the intense energy of his younger opponents.
While Federer has yet to emerge victorious this year, his deep runs in his first two tournaments could take a toll if not monitored carefully. Federer is exerting a lot of energy chasing the tennis ball around the court and that could lead to wear and tear on his aging body.
It appears the Hall of Famer also realizes just how important rest is at this stage of his career, according to the Associated Press (per ESPN.com).
Not having Federer participate in more events will no doubt be seen as a negative to some fans and the sport as a whole considering Fed-Ex is a huge draw wherever he goes and can bring attention to some of the lesser events during the year.
But, with that being said, I believe tennis fans would rather have a well-rested Federer making deep runs in grand slam tournaments than a tired 31-year-old who is getting eliminated sooner rather than later because he's playing too much.
The 2013 French Open is still three months away, but don't expect Federer to play in a ton of events in between. If he hopes to make it to the final and unseat the defending champion Nadal, Federer will need all the energy he can get.