Roger Federer announced on social media that he will compete in the clay season this year. He will first play at the ATP 250 Geneva Open, followed by a return to the French Open.
“Hi everyone! Happy to let you know that I will play Geneva and Paris,” read his post on Twitter.
“Until then I will use the time to train. Can’t wait to play in Switzerland again.”
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. ❤️🚀
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 18, 2021
The current Wold No 8 had returned to the tour briefly when he competed at the Qatar Open in Doha last month. That was his first tournament since the 2020 Australian Open, as he spent the remainder of the year recovering from two knee surgeries.
Clearly rusty when he played at Doha, he lost in the second round to Nikoloz Basilashvili. He then decided to skip the Dubai Open in order to train.
“It’s been great to be back on the ATP Tour, loved every minute playing in Doha again,” he had said in an earlier post.
“I’ve decided it’s best to go back to training and as a result, I’ve decided to withdraw from Dubai.”
Federer deciding to play at the Geneva event means he will compete in his home country for the first time since winning the Basel event for the 10th time in 2019. He also played at the Laver Cup in Geneva that year.
Meanwhile he will return to Roland Garros after missing out on the event last year.