Everyone is eagerly awaiting Roger Federer's come back on the court after the Swiss phenomenon took a short break in Doha a couple of months ago. Aware of still having to improve a lot in terms of physical strength, the former world number 1 opted for a further training block before returning to the field.
When it was announced that the start of Roland Garros would be postponed by a week, many imagined the forfeit of the 20-time Grand Slam champion in Paris. The decision of the 39-year-old from Basel to take part in the French Open left everyone speechless, as did his presence in the ATP 250 in Geneva instead of the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome.
The next appointments will be crucial to test King Roger's form in view of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, his two great goals of the season. Meanwhile, the Swiss has taken on the new role of tourism ambassador for his country.
Federer, who participated in numerous promotional activities regarding the beauty that Switzerland offers, also spoke about the importance of cycling in some areas. Especially in places like the Bernese Alps and the Swiss Alps, this activity is practiced by many people.
"I was told there are something like 65,000 kilometers of cycle paths in Switzerland. Hiking and cycling are two activities to consider for those who want to go to our country. Some of the most spectacular hiking trails can be found near Gstaad in the Bernese Alps area.
I've always enjoyed it because it's a smooth slope, not a brutal up and down. The same goes for 'Appenzell', which is a very pretty place, even if not so famous. When I injured my knee in 2016, I spent a lot of time on trails.
One of my goals, once I retire, is to find time to explore our mountain bike trails," explained the eight-time Wimbledon champion.
Toni Nadal: "Kyrgios is Roger Federer's true heir"
The complex health situation due to the pandemic and restrictions in every corner of the world have led Nick Kyrgios to remain in Australia almost all the time over the past year.
The Canberra talent, who has not set foot on the pitch since the Australian Open, has recently announced that he will take part in the season on grass. The Australian left the stage in the third round at Melbourne Park, after coming close to defeating Dominic Thiem (forced to come back two sets to enter the round of 16).
Kyrgios will be one of the protagonists of the Mallorca ATP, which will take place in June with a decent audience in the stands. Mallorca had already hosted a WTA level tournament, but last year the organizers managed to get permission to set up an ATP event as well.
Together with Nick, there will be players of the caliber of Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez. The tournament director is Rafael Nadal's uncle, Toni, who welcomed Kyrgios’s decision to fly to the Balearic island before Wimbledon.
According to the Iberian, the former ATP number 13 has all it takes to attract fans after the retirement of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Toni said: "Nick Kyrgios is a star of the ATP Tour, there is no doubt about that.
After Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, he is one of the players most followed by the public, perhaps even the most loved by the new generations." At 26, there is a feeling that Nick has never really shown all of his immense talent.
By limiting his speech to the Grand Slams, Kyrgios never went beyond the quarter-finals (reached at the Australian Open in 2015 and at Wimbledon the year before). "Nick is a very good player, who is able to give a lot of show on the court.
Kyrgios' choice to play the Mallorca tournament is great news for us. I hope that his presence will induce many fans to follow the matches," said Toni.