Gilles Simon Explains Why Roger Federer Is Playing French Open When Wimbledon Championships 2021 Is His Ultimate Goal

Published 05/18/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE May 23. 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)


Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer is scheduled to compete at the ATP Geneva Open 2021, where he will play his first match after more than two months. The 39-year-old player has not played much tennis over the last 16 months. Therefore, his return is keenly anticipated by fans from all over the globe.

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Recently, French tennis player Gilles Simon speculated about Federer’s plan and his much-awaited return. The Frenchman feels Roland Garros is not the Swiss ace’s real target. On the contrary, it is the Wimbledon Championships that he wants to win most. In order to succeed, he is doing his preparation and playing the events prior to it.

PARIS, FRANCE May 23. 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)

The former World No. 6 spoke on this subject and stated, “There is little in the same logic. Clay is no longer really his goal. I don’t think Roland-Garros is the Grand Slam tournament he most wants to win right now. He plays on clay to hope to win matches, polish his physique and bring it all to the grass. There it will be more painful. The Grand Slam he has in mind is Wimbledon. Roland is part of the plan.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Roger Federer targets Wimbledon in the long run

Over the years, Roger Federer has made the world aware of his love story with Wimbledon. It is the tournament he cherishes the most, and he is eager to extend his winning streak in SW 19. 

PARIS, FRANCE May 23. 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)

Speaking about Simon, he has won 14 titles on the men’s Tour. He has competed in a handful of tournaments this season but failed to impress in any. Giles lost in the Round of 32 matches against Aljaz Bedene in straight sets yesterday. He will now shift his focus towards the French Open.

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Coming back to Roger, he is scheduled to play his first match at the ATP Geneva Open later today. He will be facing Spanish tennis player Pablo Andujar in the Round of 16 matches. It will be interesting to see how the Swiss superstar performs as he returns after a brief period.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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