Clay is big part of the game. Just because you don't think your chances of winning a title on the surface are all that great doesn't mean you just give up, skip it and try something easier. To be scared of losing, and losing to a particular player isn't just poor sportsmanship, it's poor character, and Roger would never think of it. Pfffttt
But in this case, maybe a strategic tank by skipping the clay season totally throws Nadal off and maybe allows Djokovic to win Roland Garros!
Bottom line, it' time for crazy desperation moves because Roger's window for winning on clay is almost shut. In fact 2009 might be the very last time he contends.