Federer withdraws from French Open

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By Euronews
Federer withdraws from French Open

Roger Federer will miss a grand slam tournament for the first time since 1999 after announcing he will not play in the French Open after failing to recover from a back injury.

The 34-year-old withdrew from the Madrid Open earlier this month after hurting his back during a practice session.

The 2009 French Open champion returned shortly after only to suffered an early defeat at the Italian Open.

His absence from Roland Garos brings an end to a record streak of 65 consecutive grand slam appearances.