Swiss Roger Federer, 38, has confirmed that he is planning to play in Halle next year. On Wednesday, the ATP and WTA extended the tours suspension through to July 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Noventi Open in Halle was scheduled to take place from June 15-21.
Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer was expected to headline this year's Halle player field. "We experience difficult times, however, we will arise from it strengthened," Federer said in a statement released on the tournament's website.
"Already today I am glad and excited about my return to Halle the next year. Stay healthy!" Federer made his Halle debut exactly two decades ago in 2000. The rest is history as the Swiss has made 13 Halle finals throughout his rich career.
The 38-year-old lost three finals but still he is a record 10-time champion at the tournament. Using Halle as a lead up tournament for Wimbledon paid off for Federer, who is also a record eight-time champion at The Championships.
Meanwhile, Wimbledon got cancelled for the first time since 1945. "It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic.
The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021," Wimbledon said in a statement released. "Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life."