At 39, Roger Federer returns in March to compete on the ATP circuit. This after more than a year of absence from the tournaments. During 2020, affected by problems in his knee and seeing the situation of the pandemic, he decided to have surgery. This meant long recovery processes that culminated a few weeks ago, and then began to get back in shape.
The Swiss underwent two interventions on his right knee to correct a series of pain. “I have been thinking about when and where to return for a long time. Australia came too early for my knee. And that hurts. It is one of the places where I love to play the most. But he wanted to go back to a smaller tournament so he wouldn’t be completely focused. Where the stress was also a little less. I will not play tournaments just because. If the family or the body do not work, I will stop, ”he told Swiss radio SRF Sport.
Federer has not played since he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the 2020 Australian Open. He has now announced that his comeback will take place at the Doha tournament on March 8.
Then, the mythical tennis player intends to play some tournaments watching the evolution of his health. He doesn’t even rule out playing in the European clay season. “I will try to play on clay again. All, of course, knowing that the important thing is Halle, Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open, “he said.
Roger confessed that during his period of inactivity he has been more aware than ever of the results. “At this time I thought that I would not follow the sport much and would be more busy with my children and my rehabilitation. But I was surprised to keep checking results and watching matches. And normally I don’t do that if I don’t participate in a tournament, ”he revealed.
Roger Federer returns in March at the ATP 250 in Doha, a tournament he has already won three times: 2005, 2006 and 2011. Currently, the Swiss player occupies fifth place in the ATP rankings behind Djokovic, Nadal, Thiem and Medvedev.