For Roger Federer, the grass-court season has always been very important. The Swiss player has always considered that part of the year almost as something crucial, even more in the last years when he is not playing on clay, not even the Roland Garros, taking a plus two-month break.
That's why, for the third year in a row, Federer will play three-grass court tournaments. Not only Halle (18-24 June) and Wimbledon (2-15 July), but also the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart (11-17 June), that will mark the world No.
2's comeback to competitive tennis for the first time since his loss to Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Miami Open opening round in March. And yet, it had looked like that Federer's return in Stuttgart should have not happened.
After two consecutive appearances in 2016 (loss to Dominic Thiem in the semifinals), and 2017 (l. to Tommy Haas in the opening round), Federer had initially decided not to renew his contract as he was unsure about whether playing in the clay-court season.
But after taking the final decision, the negotiations between his management team and the organizers started and just on the day when entry list was released, Federer announced his appearance. His main rivals will be Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and Nick Kyrgios.