Starting May 1st, all avid Tennis fans' attention will focus on the event in Madrid. Both the male and the female circuit have scheduled major tournaments in the Spanish capital. In the women's singles, the draw has already taken place. And there are enough matches that will be worth watching. All women's tennis elite will be present, with one exception, a big one though.

Serena Williams` withdrawal

Serena Williams, the leader of the WTA rankings in recent years, has canceled this event on clay due to some health reasons. According to ESPN, Serena stated she`s been struggling with flu and is not 100% ready to play at her highest level, that phenomenal pace of playing which made her famous.

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 Serena Williams` withdrawal, winner of 2012 and 2013 edition, will definitely create pre-requisites for matches even more attractive. The other players will do their best to take advantage of this unfortunate event and also to put a Premier Mandatory trophy in their account.

So far in 2016, Serena played in three WTA events without winning any. This might be concerning for her morale and for her fans too. That semifinal at the US Open in 2015, she lost surprisingly to Roberta Vinci.

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Roger Federer returns on clay 

On the other hand, the men's singles competition will definitely be interesting. Roger Federer will be there although his initial schedule did not include this event. Federer will be playing in the second tournament on European clay after the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters where he was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Roger Federer, a three-time champion at Madrid back in 2006, 2009, and 2012, will be starting a new adventure on clay.

It is well known that clay isn`t Federer`s favorite surface but due to lack of playing so far in 2016, The Swiss star will compete.

By now, in 2016, Roger Federer has played only 13 matches (losing three of them). The knee injury kept him off the tennis court for almost three months. Moreover, The Swiss player is still looking for his first ATP title this year.

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