Good News for Roger Federer Fans as He Confirms Participation for ATP 500 Tournament

Published 10/26/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester


Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has committed to playing to the 2022 Halle Open. Among others, the 2021 US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Tokyo Olympics gold-medalist Alexander Zverev, Kei Nishikori, and Karen Khachanov have confirmed their spot for next year’s Halle Open.

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Founded in 1993, Halle Open is one of the primary warm-up tournaments leading up to the Wimbledon Championships. This year, Ugo Humbert won the Halle Open by defeating Andrey Rublev in the final.

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Roger Federer to play at Halle Open 2022

For the Halle Open, Federer’s confirmation is an enormous boost for the ATP 500 event. The Swiss Maestro is the most successful player in the tournament’s history, having won a whopping ten titles.

Over the last eighteen months, Federer has struggled with a lingering knee injury, which forced him to undergo two knee surgeries and withdraw from the 2020 season. After undergoing rehabilitation, he made his return at the Qatar Open in March this year.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs

However, after a disappointing grass-court season, Federer announced he would require a third knee operation. “Hurt myself further during the grass-court season and Wimbledon,” told Federer, in a video message to his fans.

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Federer, who turned 40 a few months ago, last played at Wimbledon, where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the fourth round. Meanwhile, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has dropped to World No.15 in the rankings, dropping out of the Top-10 for the first time in four years.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie Pool via REUTERS/David Gray

Apart from Federer, the biggest attraction at next year’s Halle Open would be Medvedev. The Russian lifted his maiden Grand Slam trophy by defeating World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open 2021.

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At this year’s Halle Open, Medvedev lost in the opening round to Jan-Lennard Struff. In addition, two-time Halle Open finalist Alexander Zverev will aim to lift his first-ever grass-court title.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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