Roger Federer to Reportedly Skip Mutua Madrid Open 2021 Ahead of French Open 2021

Published 04/14/2021, 9:27 AM EDT
Roger Federer (SUI) during the French Open Tennis at Stade Roland-Garros, Paris. (Credit: Jon Bromley | MI News) (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


The uncertainty over where Roger Federer will play next continues to loom over tennis. Given that Federer is in search of decent match practice, the Swiss seems to still be assessing his options as the Tour embarks upon the clay swing. Federer recently returned to the tour after being out for 14 months and is likely to play just one clay tournament in the run up to the French Open 2021.

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Mutua Madrid Open, Italian Open, ATP Geneva are some of the options for Federer, but reports suggest Mutua Madrid is off the table.

Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Great Britain’s Dan Evans. Tennis Federation/Samer Al-Rejjal/Handout via REUTERS

Federer doesn’t plan on skipping the French Open 2021, but certainly wants clay court practice under his belt. That tournament exclusive tournament was thought to be the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, but given the postponement of the French Open, this opens up options for Federer elsewhere.

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Why could Roger Federer skip Mutua Madrid Open 2021?

French Open 2021 has now been postponed to start a week later on May 30th. This frees up a week and gives Federer a chance to take part in the ATP Geneva Open 2021, which begins on the 17th of May and ends on the 22nd of May.

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

Geneva Open is an ATP 250 series tournament on clay which will have a limited and easy draw for Federer to get his desired match practice. Furthermore, it is his home tournament, which could play a part in his decision. So it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Federer skips playing the Madrid Open.

Last week, Federer was announced on the entry list of Mutua Madrid Open. And it was presumed that it would be Federer’s lone tournament before the Grand Slam in Paris. But the Madrid Open also has a very competitive draw, which might be tough for Federer as his 2021 season is in its infancy.

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As counterintuitive as it may seem, Federer is probably not looking for a competitive draw. He’ll want as many matches as he can get from a tournament before he travels to Paris.

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It is to be noted that Federer has returned on the ATP Tour after his 14-month injury layoff. He made his return at ATP Qatar Open 2021, losing in the quarterfinals.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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