The 2018 clay court season is unfolding its wing and raising little clouds of red dirt all over Europe. And, occasionally, all get soaked in a short shower of rain but that's why this part of the season is so special. A genuine battleground where gladiators rely on their ability to skate the red crust, the clay season doesn't include Roger Federer [VIDEO] among its ranks.

For the second year in a row, he willingly dropped any interest on this particular surface preferring to shift his attention toward the upcoming grass court swing, the place where he feels and plays the most beautiful game of Tennis. We might have Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev as the main stars of the clay swing, but a little bit of poetry in motion coming off Roger Federer's racquet would have been a nice treat.

Roger Federer chose to end his affairs on clay

If we were to go back a little while, we would have to travel back to 2016 which was the season Federer last competed on the red clay. During that clay season, he booked two events on this surface. But neither Monte Carlo or Rome was successful and Federer losing to Dominic Thiem at Foro Italico stands as his last official display of tennis on clay. He was later forced to skip the 2016 French Open due to that by-now famous knee surgery.

Missing the 2016 French Open ended an impressive series of 85 consecutive presences in the main draw of the Grand Slam events. That number would give you a clue or two on how consistency works for Roger Federer.

That point in time should be considered as an ending of an era. Two years later, Federer is far from the ongoing action, carefully dosing his resources for the upcoming battles in which he aims for the highest spot.

A glimpse into how life without Federer might be

Roger Federer [VIDEO] skipping the entire clay court season is a terrible blow in terms of engagement both from fans and media outlets. Moreover, it's a practical way to exercise a future scenario in which he won't be competing at all. The day when he chooses to hang up the racquet on the wall, the game of tennis will step into a new era.

But life tends to move on and people will get used to the new reality. It's the nature of things to adapt and evolve and not having Roger Federer in action during the clay season is no longer a radical act. He made it clear a while ago that he is willing to adapt his schedule so that he can play as long as possible.

The 2018 French Open is about to kick off and the 36-year-old won't be there to compete. His latest appearance occurred back in 2015 when he made it to the quarterfinals only to lose in straight sets to the eventual champion, his fellow compatriot, Stan Wawrinka.