Roger Federer releases his 2013 schedule, and for the first time it does not include the Masters tournament in Miami. Federer has played Miami every year since 1999 and has won the title twice, in 2005 and 2006.
Federer will also skip Monte Carlo and, as of now, is not scheduled to play his hometown tournament in Basel. Growing up, Federer served as a ball boy for the Basel event.
The Swiss will begin tournament play at the Australian Open, then play ATP 500 tournaments in Rotterdam and Dubai, followed by the Indian Wells Masters. He will then take seven weeks off before returning on clay in Madrid, then play the week after that in Rome and head to Roland Garros. He will again play the grass court warm-up tournament in Halle (his only ATP 250-level event) before heading to Wimbledon.
During the North American summer, Federer will play Canada, Cincinnati, and the U.S. Open. In the fall, he is only scheduled to play Shanghai before the ATP World Tour Finals (assuming he qualifies), which means he will skip the Masters in Paris/Bercy again.