Is Roger Federer Playing at French Open 2021?

Published 05/23/2021, 6:09 AM EDT
Rodger Federer of Switzerland trains during day one of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 04, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)


Roger Federer made a comeback at the Qatar Open 2021 after multiple knee surgeries. Interestingly, he played just two matches there and skipped several tournaments even after that. In fact, there were serious doubts about whether the Swiss Maestro would return to the court before the French Open 2021.

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Fortunately, he surprised his fans and announced that he’ll play on his home soil at the ATP Geneva Open 2021. Even though he didn’t have a great run there, Federer showed some brilliant skills on the court.

However, the good news is that the 20-time Grand Slam champion will be heading to Paris after this as he’ll surely be playing at the French Open 2021.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland practicing on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 23rd, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

It is quite a cheerful moment for fans as they’ll get to witness Federer at Roland-Garros this year. He missed the major last year due to an injury and last played there in 2019 when he lost the semifinals to Rafael Nadal in straight sets.

Even though he’ll be playing at the French Open 2021, Federer recently claimed that it is not his priority. He is definitely targeting the Wimbledon Championships 2021 as of now and is playing in France to get the experience of facing some tough opponents on tour.

Roger Federer at the French Open so far

World No.8 Federer won his only Roland Garros title way back in 2009 after defeating Robin Soderling in the finals. Fortunately, he didn’t have to face Rafa in that tournament, as the Spaniard lost to Soderling before reaching the finals.

Roger Federer of Switzerland after practicing on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 23rd, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Out of a total of 31 Grand Slam finals, Federer has played five of them in Paris. He first reached the French Open finals in 2006 where Nadal successfully managed to defend his title. Apart from this and in 2009, he reached the finals in 2007, 2008, and 2011 and surprisingly, he lost all of them to his arch-rival, Rafael Nadal.

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Although he has only won the major once, his win percentage at the Grand Slam is more than 80%. This makes him the third most successful player in the history of the tournament- after Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

This is definitely some great news that Federer will once again be playing at the French Open. Will he be able to beat the odds and succeed in Paris this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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