“Comeback Mode Is On”: Roger Federer Confirms Taking COVID-19 Shot Ahead of Geneva Open 2021

Published 05/14/2021, 2:45 PM EDT
Roger Federer smiles during an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca on in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)


Twenty-time grand slam champion Roger Federer, who is all set to make his clay-court comeback after two years at the Geneva Open was handed a tough draw as the main draw had clay-court specialists like Cristian Garin, Guido Pella, Fabio Fognini, etc.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in his third round match against Taylor Fritz of the United States during day five of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer will test his fitness at the upcoming Geneva Open

The Swiss Maestro already began practicing on courts in Geneva and even had a brief practice session with Marton Fucsovics. During his recovery period last year, Federer kept himself busy doing endorsements for various brands, and introduced new running shoes for athletes.

Federer’s decision to participate at the Geneva Open came as a surprise as the tennis world expected him to play either Madrid or Rome ahead of the French Open. But, the Swiss star felt that he still needs time to play the bigger events and liked to test his knee in a small event like Geneva.

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Swiss Maestro had always maintained that his season will begin on the grass courts this year. Federer even announced his decision to play the tournament at Halle before the Wimbledon Championships.

Talking about his recovery and comeback post dual-surgery last year, the Swiss player remained optimistic on what can be achieved during his comeback. He also mentioned that he might not travel with family to Wimbledon.

“Right now, comeback mode is on”- Federer

Right now, comeback mode is on, let‘s see what can be achieved, can‘t take family to Paris, Wimbledon probably not either”, added Federer.

The eight-time Wimbledon Champion also confirmed that he had the COVID-19 vaccine recently. “I am vaccinated”, told the Swiss.

The Swiss Maestro also added that he took the vaccination owing to the travel he has to do round the year and also considered others’ well-being.

I got the Pfizer. I am happy to have been able to do it with all the trips I take. I did it above all for others. I don’t want to give it to anyone else. You have to be careful”, Roger concluded.

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With different players on the men’s side having diverse opinions on vaccines to COVID-19, Federer’s confirmation on getting vaccinated might give a positive boost and might prompt other players to get the vaccines in their respective turns.

Although, a lot of players on the women’s tour were proactive in getting the vaccine shot. Players like Simona Halep, Victoria Azarenka, Naomi Osaka, had already announced that they received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Coming back to Federer, the Geneva Open provides ample opportunity for the Swiss Maestro to analyze his fitness. Even though the competition is heavy, the former world number one will allow youngsters like Shapovalov and Garin to push him on the red dirt.

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Also, for talented players like Cristian Garin or Salvatore Caruso, the Geneva Open provides a chance to face Federer for the first time on the ATP tour.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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