Important updates arrive regarding tennis legend and twenty-time Grand Slam title champion Roger Federer. The official status was still missing and now through his social channels it was Roger himself who announced it, delighting all his fans, Federer will participate at the Roland Garros 2021.
Before this tournament, the Swiss champion will also participate in the ATP 250 in Geneva, thus taking the field in a tournament of his country which will also help him in preparing for the second Grand Slam of the year. The Roland Garros is not Roger's priority as he aims at the Wimbledon tournament and above all at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, a gold medal that he has never won and that he dreams of winning before his retirement.
He will have to face a lot of competition and even his great rival, the Serbian champion and world number one Novak Djokovic, has recently announced that he sees the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games as one of the seasonal priorities.
Roger Federer came back to playing tennis last month in the ATP tournament in Doha. The Swiss champion remained stationary and away from the fields for over a year due to the pandemic and above all to a double surgery that slowed his come back to the court.
All tennis fans had been waiting for his come back for some time and Federer returned to the Doha tournament by winning his first game, also showing a good condition against the British Daniel Evans. Federer was then eliminated in the quarter-finals by Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili: the Swiss lost after also wasting a match point in the decisive set and succumbed to a tennis player who appeared in good shape.
Basilashvili continued at a good level throughout the tournament and eventually managed to win the Doha tournament. Federer is also enrolled in the Masters 1000 in Madrid but has not yet announced his official presence at the tournament.
Here is the social message of the Swiss champion:
Happy to let you know that I will play Geneva?? and Paris ??. Until then I will use the time to train. Can’t wait to play in Switzerland again. ❤️? — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 18, 2021
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For the second consecutive year, the Roland Garros has been the protagonist of a shift from its original dates. In 2020, countless controversies were unleashed following the unilateral choice of the Parisian Slam to move between September and October, given that it would have been impossible to organize the tournament in full lockdown in May.
This year the situation does not look much better, considering that France has had to close everything again to cope with the sudden surge in infections. Above all for this reason, it was decided to postpone the start of the French Open for a week, which will therefore start on May 30th.
It follows that all the other events, especially those on grass-courts that precede Wimbledon, will have to find a solution in order not to see the main draw mutilated by the French giant. Among the victims of the skid there is certainly the Stuttgart ATP event, scheduled from 7 to 13 June.
During an interview with Kicker in recent days, German tournament director Edwin Weindorfer expressed his bitterness at how the situation was handled. "Obviously I can't hide that I'm very angry. The Roland Garros did it all by itself again.
We will not let that week be stolen from us," Weindorfer said, suggesting that he will not give up so easily. Despite the evolution of the calendar, Edwin remains confident that he can persuade some top players to go to Stuttgart.
"You need to be able to react quickly in these unstable times. Maybe Roger Federer or Andy Murray understand that the proximity between Roland Garros and Wimbledon does not help them, or they leave the scene in the first week in Paris," he analyzed.
In fact, the presence of King Roger in the second Grand Slam of the season is anything but obvious. It seems difficult for the 20-time Grand Slam champion to jeopardize his preparation for a tournament in which he has very little chance of winning.
The same argument could also apply to Murray.