Has the Roger Federer farewell tour begun?
In 2007, arguably at the height of his powers, the Swiss legend played in 17 tournaments -- 14 of which were either Grand Slams, Masters Series tournaments, or the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup.
The three that weren't in those most elite categories -- Dubai, a traditional early-season tune-up for the game's best; Basel, an understandable stop in his hometown; and a Davis Cup tie -- all made perfect sense.
The world No. 1 was very selective with his tennis because, well, why not be? You can do what you want when you're that good.
Alas, with the era of seemingly effortless dominance behind him, the small tournaments are beginning to creep back into his calendar. He played the smaller Rotterdam event last year for the first time since 2005, and then again this year. He has also played the grass-court event at Halle the past two seasons after skipping it three of the previous five.
Now comes this week's news that he has added the summer...