That's right decision of course. If Rafa is not ready, then he should not play. Starting the season at clay tournaments might be actually a good idea.
Btw, Fed did not have mono at AO. Ancic had mono, Soderling had mono, Fed never did. He just made up this story because him never being injured or sick makes everyone suspicious. I guess he believes he may be jinxed too. Or Mirka does. And we know who rules in that family.
For argument sake, let us assume that Fed never had mono. Could you please explain to us how this works. Never being injured or sick makes people suspicious?
Is there some sort of wonder drug that prevents all
forms of physical injury and all
forms of sickness? If so, why is Roger Federer the only person in the world who knows about it? Shouldn't everyone be on it? More importantly, since you clearly know about it, you should be on it too. Are you?