Until 2017, Roger Federer was expected to play in these three ATP 500 tournaments: Dubai, Halle and Basel. However, his contract with the Dubai Open expired in 2017 and wasn't renewed. Meanwhile, his contract with the Swiss Indoors runs up to 2019.
However, with Halle, the context is altogether different for Federer. 'My lifetime contract only exists in Halle,' Federer revealed a few weeks ago. 'I don't even have such an agreement with my home tournament in Basel.' Federer first played the Gerry Weber Open in 2000, at the age of 18, when Ralf Weber first gave him a wild card.
'It was important to feel the trust of Weber family straightaway, realizing that their support would have made me happy. Players often came to me to say: How is Halle? Great atmosphere, great organization. You have to come.'
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The 10th title in Halle would be fantastic, something very special and unique in my career.
My "lifetime contract" only exists in Halle. I don't even have such an agreement with my home tournament in Basel - Roger Federer on playing his 16th Gerry Weber Open (pic.). pic.twitter.com/cxCPiywgdd — Michal Samulski (@MichalSamulski) 26 febbraio 2018