Roger Federer enjoyed yet another remarkable season in 2019 finishing the year ranked third in the world. However, the 20-time Grand Slam champion sustained the tiring season at the age of 38. Will the 2020 schedule of Roger Federer see him gradually slow down or will the Swiss maestro mirror his 2019 schedule?
Federer played 15 tournaments in the 2019 season including the Laver Cup. Despite playing the packed season, he also chose played exhibition matches in South America and China with Alexander Zverev.
However, he pulled out of the inaugural edition of the ATP Cup in January. This indicated he would play a lighter schedule in 2020. Because of his age and his recent brush with injuries, his fans were relieved when the schedule was released.
|1||Australian Open||Melbourne, Australia||January 20 – February 2|
|2||Exhibition match vs Rafael Nadal||Cape Town, South Africa||February 7|
|3||Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships||Dubai, UAE||February 17th – 29|
|4||BNP Paribas Open||Indian Wells, USA||March 12 – 22|
|5||Miami Open||Miami, USA||March 25 – April 5|
|6||Mutua Madrid Open||Madrid, Spain||May 3 – 10|
|7||Internazionali BNL d’Italia||Rome, Italy||May 11 – 17|
|8||Roland Garros||Paris, France||May 24 – June 7|
|9||Halle Open||Halle, Germany||June 15 – 21|
|10||Wimbledon Championships||London, The United Kingdom||June 29 – July 12|
|11||Olympics||Tokyo, Japan||July 15 – August 2|
|12||Western & Southern Open||Cincinnati, USA||August 16 – 23|
|13||US Open||New York, USA||August 31 – September 13|
|14||Laver Cup||Boston, Massachusetts, USA||September 25 – 27|
|15||Swiss Indoors Basel||Basel, Switzerland||October 19 – 27|
Roger’s schedule is designed to minimize travel while playing the tournaments he enjoys to defend his points from 2019.
He starts off without any preparatory event at the Australian Open. In the last few years, he chose to start the year in Perth with his compatriot Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup. This event is now canceled as it makes way for the ATP Cup.
ATP Cup could have provided him a high number of points and hefty prize money. But it may have increased travel involved during the week as the knockout stage could take place in a different city than group stages.
Chances are Federer opted out of this tournament to reduce hectivity in his schedule and smartly prepare at one place before the Asia-Pacific Slam.
After the Australian Open, Roger plays a solitary exhibition match in Cape Town and moves to Dubai to play the ATP 500 event there. This is followed by Indian Wells & Miami Masters tournaments (i.e. the Sunshine Duo).
In 2019, Federer won Dubai Championships and Miami Masters and reached the final at Indian Wells Masters. At all three official ATP tournaments after the Australian Open, Roger has a ton of points to defend.
After this, he takes a long break and returns to the clay courts at Caja Magica in Madrid, followed by Rome Masters and the French Open.
For the Grass season, Federer is playing the usual Halle-Wimbledon combo. He will be the defending champion at Halle and defending finalist at Wimbledon.
Federer will also take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after Wimbledon.
For the US Open, he will play Cincinnati Masters followed by the US Open. At Cincinnati, he lost early in the third round last year and at US Open he lost a heart-breaking QF to Grigor Dimitrov.
In addition, the Basel native will take part in the Laver Cup, which is scheduled from September 25-27 in the USA. He finally flies to Basel, his hometown, to defend his title from 2019.
There are no fall events planned so it suggests that Federer plans to skip the Asian Swing or the European Indoor season (except Basel).
Federer’s provisional schedule for the 2020 season suggests that he is restraining himself from playing more tournaments.
There have been several rumors about his retirement. Federer’s own statements given to the media also indicate that he might be thinking of hanging his boots. However, Roger’s 2020 schedule shows no signs of him slowing down.
He enjoys massive respect, love, and admiration all over the world. Certainly, everyone in the global Tennis community (including his own sponsors) would want him to play as long his body stays healthy.