It appears that Roger Federer's pursuit to regain the world number one spot is all but over after the Swiss national hero released his intended schedule of play for the 2016 season.
The absence of clay events will make it very difficult for Federer to accumulate the points required to get to the summit of world tennis once again.
The 17-time grand slam champion is now at the back-end of his career and has begun to prioritise certain events over others. Federer will not feature in any events in the build up to the French Open which will be his only clay court tournament for the season. Only one of Federer's 17 grand slam titles have come on clay.
However, he intends on playing in two grass court events before heading to London to try and claim a record eighth Wimbledon title.
Federer, who has won the Davis Cup with Switzerland, also appears to have targeted national glory once again as he aims to win his first Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016.
It is believed that hew will compete in the men's singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles in Brazil. The 34-year-old will warm up for the Olympics, which will be played on hard courts, by appearing at the Toronto Masters Series.