Roger Federer will make his debut in Doha on Wednesday, thus marking his official return to the circuit after a stop of over a year. The last appearance of the 20-time Grand Slam champion dates back to the historic charity performance with Rafael Nadal in Cape Town, which took place in February 2020 and was useful in setting a new audience record for a tennis match.
The former world number 1 has undergone two surgeries on his right knee, which has put a strain on his patience and his physique as he turns 40. The Swiss phenomenon, who is also expected to participate in the Dubai tournament next week, has already targeted Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics in the summer.
The 39-year-old from Basel hopes to do well at the US Open too, while the Laver Cup and the ATP in Basel could truly represent the latest efforts in his glorious career. In a recent interview on the Tennis Channel, former WTA star Lindsay Davenport pointed out that Rafael Nadal has a great chance to beat Federer's 20 majors at Roland Garros.
Davenport on Roger Federer's return
"I wonder how could it not be (at the back of Roger Federer’s mind)," Lindsay Davenport said. "I think Roger knows that it is going to be more difficult for him than it is for the other two to maybe add to their tally.
I mean Federer’s looking forward towards Wimbledon but Rafa’s just a couple of months away from his favorite surface to try and get to 21." Since 2019, Roger Federer has been closely working with a Swiss sneaker brand ‘On’.
In fact, Federer bought a stake in the company and has launched his own lineup of sneakers over the last year. It started with the launch of ‘THE ROGER Centre Court’ sneaker, a shoe possessing a minimalistic design and aesthetic appearance.
Despite his partnership with the brand ‘On’, Federer continued wearing Nike tennis shoes while he competed on the court. However, recently during a practice session, Federer was captured sporting a pair of shoes with a black & white pattern reminiscent of that of an ‘Erlkonig’.
The pattern made the details of the shoe unrecognizable while arousing speculation among fans whether Federer was coming up with a new high-performance shoe. The World No.6 will compete at the 2021 Doha Open, which begins tomorrow.
Interestingly, Federer has won the Doha Open thrice (2005, 2006, 2011), which is the most titles any player has won in the event’s history.