'Roger Federer playing Geneva would be incredible,' say organizers



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'Roger Federer playing Geneva would be incredible,' say organizers

Staged at the Tennis Club de Genève at Parc des Eaux-Vives, the oldest and largest tennis club in Switzerland, the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open returned to the ATP calendar in 2015, with the previous editions staged between 1980-1991.

Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander and Thomas Muster have all won the title there before that absence, and it was Thomas Bellucci who claimed the first event on the return in 2015. A home star Stan Wawrinka lifted the trophy in 2016 and 2017, followed by Marton Fucsovics and Alexander Zverev.

The German saved two match points against Nicolas Jarry to prevail in an epic final and claim the season's only title. Geneva Open had to be canceled in 2020, like the entire European spring clay swing due to the pandemic, returning next month between May 16-22.

Initially, Geneva was supposed to go on before Roland Garros, but the Parisian Major is moved for one week, leaving enough time for those who play in Geneva to recover.

The Geneva Open organizers hope to sign Roger Federer for this year's edition.

Thus, the organizers are hoping to draw some big names for the sixth edition, including the 20-time Major champion and the home star Roger Federer.

Struggling with a knee injury, Federer underwent two surgeries in 2020, skipping almost the entire season and making a long-awaited return in March in Doha. Roger played two matches and decided to rest and skip Dubai, staying at home and sharing no news about the clay swing.

Roger's fans are hoping to see their favorite player in Madrid and Paris, with a chance to sign Geneva after the recent changes in the calendar. The organizers said that they have been in touch with Roger for every edition and would love to see him playing there next month.

Roger competed in Geneva two years ago in the Laver Cup, leading Team Europe towards the third straight title. "The Roland Garros delay could convince Roger Federer to take a Geneva trip and compete at the home event, in the city he loves so much.

Still, we can't confirm anything at the moment. We are working to bring the strongest possible field, and it would be amazing to draw Roger Federer," Geneva Open organizers said.