Twenty-times Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has committed to play tennis until 2023 at an exhibition tournament in China. However, the Swiss maestro has raised doubts about still continuing to play on the professional tour at the age of 42.
In the second half of his career, Roger Federer has become increasingly willing to feature in exhibition matches to raise money for charity and play in new destinations. In addition, he has also signed a five-year contract with the Chinese exhibition tournament. The Basel native will, therefore, continue playing exhibition matches in Hangzhou till 2023.
Will Roger Federer stay on tour till 2023?
“No, of course not. My commitment to play till 2023 in China doesn’t necessarily mean I will be on the professional tour till then. I just know that I will still be able to play tennis at a level that people will enjoy watching,” the 38-year-old replied.
“(Pete) Sampras beat me in 2007 in Macau after he had stopped five years before,” Federer added in an interview with Tagesanzeiger.
The first edition of the Hangzhou tennis exhibition tournament will be held from December 27th to 29th this year. The Swiss maestro will be the part of the event with Alexander Zverev and American doubles legend – Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.
He will then take some weeks off to rest with his family. Subsequently, Federer will be travelling to Dubai to begin preparations for the 2020 season.
Earlier, Federer toured South America and Mexico for a series of exhibition matches against Zverev. The pair played in Santiago, Buenos Aires. However, their third match got cancelled in Bogota due to curfew in the city before arriving in Mexico City. The two also played their last match of the exhibition series in Quinto.
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