Roger Federer: 'No one wants Halle to leave ATP calendar'


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Roger Federer: 'No one wants Halle to leave ATP calendar'

Roger Federer gave his thoughts on the Halle Open not featuring Gerry Weber as a title sponsor anymore. The Swiss player said: "Of course I am worried. I think there is no player on the entire ATP Tour that does not want this tournament to continue.

But now there is the certainty that it will continue in the future. The Gerry Weber Open represents a big history in tennis. Over the last years I often said that I would not know how to make the tournament even better. Well, I will definitely help wherever I can.

In this occasion I want to remember my lifetime deal, which guarantees I will play in Halle during this week of the tournament forever." That sets a question: how many years does Federer have left? "I do not think about a specific moment.

There is a lot of speculation about the topic, but it's not true." Asked what makes grass fascinating, Federer replied: "Well, the mid of the season, Wimbledon. It's amazing, exclusive competitive character that gets developed throughout this part of the season.

As an athlete you are forced to change a gamestyle over a very short time and re-orientate yourself. Even if many matches do not feature the usual grass tennis, you can still use reflexes, instinct and a quicker reaction. That's something I always liked."

On his comeback to Paris, he concluded: "I had not planned to miss French Open for three years in a row. This year it was clear. Like last year, I wanted to decide earlier. In the last six months, my body was okay. For the rest of the season, it could be good but it's especially about the desire to comeback on clay and in the French. It's even funnier to comeback this year."