When Will Roger Federer Return to Tour?

Published 04/14/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures to the spectators before hitting signed tennis balls into the stands during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Roger Federer has heated his 2021 season after setting his eyes on Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. However, his two knee surgeries last year and a 13-month long break from tennis mean his preparations have to be absolutely efficient for him to secure his target. It begs a couple of questions. Which tournament will he play next as he seeks match-fitness and form?

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The Swiss maestro made his comeback this year in Doha and played his first match as if he had never left. But the lack of match fitness enabled fatigue to kick in after the match and he crashed out of the tournament in the next round. Following that, he made the decision to make his comeback a more gradual process, opting to put more into his training before playing more matches.

Tennis – ATP 250 – Qatar Open – The Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar – March 10, 2021, Switzerland’s Roger Federer wearing a mask as he walks out before his first-round match against Great Britain’s Dan Evans Tennis Federation/Samer Al-Rejjal/Handout via REUTERS

More than anything else, Roger will be targeting the Grand Slam events. However, one cannot prepare for Majors at the back of training only. Thus, the 39-year-old will be playing other tournaments on the clay swing of the season before foraying into Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

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Roger Federer is on the entry list of Madrid Open 2021

Roger Federer will be joining the ATP Tour on April 30, at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. Presently, all Top 12 players from the men’s side are on the entry list. Moreover, the Swiss maestro would be looking at Madrid as an opportunity to test himself against the top players. Serbian World No.1 Novak Djokovic will be the top seed for the tournament this year.

Following that, most players will play the Italian Open 2021, which starts right after Madrid on May 9, but Federer is missing from the entry list as of now.

Therefore, it indicates that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is hoping to play the French Open 2021. Federer last played at Roland Garros in 2019, where he lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets.

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Which grass tournament Federer can play before Wimbledon?

Undoubtedly, Roger Federer would want to be at the top of his fitness level for Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. Hence, he might alter his calendar based on that.

Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives for practice during Day Ten of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Additionally, to transition from clay to grass court, the Basel-born might also play at Halle 2021. Above all, Federer is looking forward to competing in as many tournaments as he can this year.

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Hopefully, he will stay fit and grace his fans for the entirety of the 2021 season. A Major win would certainly have his fans ecstatic.

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