Roger Federer confirmed on Sunday he’ll play the French Open at Roland Garros this 12 months having skipped the 2020 version to get better from knee surgical procedure. “Hi everyone! Happy to let you know that I will play Geneva and Paris. Until then I will use the time to train. Can`t wait to play in Switzerland again,” the 39-year-old stated on Twitter.
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner, captured Roland Garros for the one time in 2009. His final look within the French capital in 2019 led to a semi-final loss to Rafael Nadal, now a 13-time champion. Should Nadal triumph once more in June, he’ll win a record-setting twenty first main. Federer, who will flip 40 in August, has performed only one event in 2021, successful one match in Qatar in March on his return from 13 months on the sidelines after present process two bouts of knee surgical procedures. He had been desiring to return to motion on clay in Madrid from May 2 however will now have his solely pre-Paris warm-up in Geneva from May 16.
Roland Garros will begin on May 30, every week later than initially scheduled. Federer, with 103 profession titles to his identify, has not received a tour clay title since Istanbul in 2015. For the nice Swiss, his two main targets in 2021 are an assault on a ninth Wimbledon crown and a gold medal in singles on the Tokyo Olympics. His temporary tour into the clay season is a way of serving to to construct match sharpness earlier than Wimbledon.
“I`ll just see how much workload the body and the knee still take and what`s the best way to prepare all the way for basically the beginning of the season for me, which is the grass court season,” Federer stated in Doha. “What comes before the grass courts are the clay courts. So from that standpoint, I have no choice but to play on clay if I want to play matches,” he added. “It could be good for me, the clay. It could be bad for me, the clay. So I will only know in practice, but I don`t think it`s going to be bad, to be honest.”
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