'This year we hope that Roger Federer...', says former ATP ace

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'This year we hope that Roger Federer...', says former ATP ace

Roger Federer continues to define his schedule for the 2021 clay court season, where he will return to clay two years later after missing in 2020 due to his knee injury. In this Federer calendar, which this week will not compete in the Monte Carlo Masters 1,000 either, the Mutua Madrid Open (May 2-9) does appear...

but not the Rome Masters 1,000 (May 9-16), which for many is the last test before Roland Garros takes place (May 30 - June 13). In the 'Entry List' or previous list of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia published by the organization of the tournament and by the Italian Tennis Federation this Monday, the name of Roger Federer is the only one missing from the Top-10 and among the first 20 rackets of the world.

However, Federer would still have one last option to participate in the 1000 Masters in Rome, which would consist of the tournament organization offering him an invitation and the Swiss accepting it. In fact, in his last appearance in the Roman tournament Federer left before his quarter-final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas due to injury.

While waiting for the Swiss to decide on it, it seems that the Mutua Madrid Open is shaping up to be Roger Federer's only clay test before Roland Garros and his two great goals this season: Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.

Organizers of the Geneva Open, an ATP 250 series event, are hopeful that Roger Federer will take part in their tournament this year.

The Geneva Open is scheduled to be held from 16 to 22 May

Roger Federer has never played the Geneva Open but has dominated the Swiss Indoors event in Basel, winning it 10 times thus far.

"It is clear that we dream of it (Roger Federer playing the Geneva Open)," Rainer Schuttler said. "For six years, we talk every time with Roger Federer's team in the hope that he will play the Geneva Open once.

We hope that this year can be the one." "We work towards having the strongest field possible," Thierry Grin added. "So imagine if there is Roger Federer..." Thierry Grin revealed that more players have expressed their interest to compete in the Geneva Open this year after the announcement of the Roland Garros delay.

"In recent days, we are approached by more players, who are aware that in case of coming to Geneva, they would not have to play in Paris the following week," Grin said. "Selfishly, we rejoice at the change of dates desired by the French.

It was essential for us to do so, because we are neither a Masters 1000 nor a big ATP 500 which could still afford to skip a year," Grin added. "The sports industry is also suffering, and it is not only the players, but everyone: the coaches, the physios, the organizers, etc."