Roger Federer takes Geneva Open wild card, confirming 2021 clay swing

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Roger Federer takes Geneva Open wild card, confirming 2021 clay swing

After staying quiet about his schedule since the quarter-final Doha loss, Roger Federer has decided to compete on clay this spring, entering the home ATP 250 Geneva Open in May. 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 after closing its gates for the professional players in 1991.

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

The 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, which would have been hard for the top-ranked players to enter and risk anything ahead of the season's second Major.

Still, Roland Garros organizers moved their event for one week, leaving enough time for those who play in Geneva to recover physically. Thus, the Geneva Open organizers hoped to draw some big names for the sixth edition, including the 20-time Major champion and the home star Roger Federer.

Roger Federer will compete at the Geneva Open next month.

Struggling with a knee injury, Federer underwent two surgeries in 2020, skipping almost the entire season and making a long-awaited return this March in Doha after 13 months.

Roger played two matches and decided to take more rest and skip Dubai and Miami, staying at home and sharing no news about the clay swing. On Sunday, Federer confirmed he would compete in Geneva next month, hoping to continue where he left in 2019 when he claimed the Laver Cup with Team Europe in one of his favorite cities.

After staying away from clay for a couple of years after 2016, Roger returned to the slowest surface in 2019 and competed in Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros. The Swiss played on a high level in Paris and beat five opponents to reach the semis, where Rafael Nadal beat him in straight sets.