After much thought, Roger Federer has decided to play this year's European clay tour and compete in Geneva and Paris. Due to a knee injury that required two surgeries last year, Roger has played only one tournament in the past 15 months, working hard on his physical strength and hoping to return to his best at Halle and Wimbledon.
This year's grass season is a shorter week due to Roland Garros, but Roger still wants to pick up pace on the slower surface and chase momentum before his favorite tournament. Two weeks before Roland Garros, Federer will return to action at home in Geneva, entering the first tournament since Doha in March and looking forward to a h*t streak.
After that, the Swiss will compete in Paris for the 19th time, reaching the semi-final at Roland Garros two years ago and losing to Rafael Nadal in three sets. Former player Patrick McEnroe recently spoke at length about Roger Federer's French Open ambitions.
McEnroe reckons Federer wouldn't be expecting to go all the way at Roland Garros, but that he would still be determined to play well. His best Grand Slam singles result came at the 1991 Australian Open, where he made the semifinals.
Patrick McEnroe opens up on Roger Federer
"Roger Federer just loves the game," Patrick McEnroe added. "He loves to play. I don't think he plays with the sole intention of 'I'm going to play to try and win every tournament'
And I think that's part of his popularity and part of his sustainability. Even when Roger was at his highest level he was the second best claycourt player in the world, which is saying something," McEnroe continued.
"I don't think we can say that right now, especially coming off such a long layoff." Tennis superstar Roger Federer has returned to the Men's Tour after more than a year. Upon his return, he played his first tournament in Doha.
Although he made an early exit, he was happy with his performance. However, he has not competed in any events since then and has used his spare time to practice and improve his form. Considering that the Mutua Madrid Open is just around the corner, it was speculated that Roger Federer would play his first clay court event in two years in the Spanish capital.
Given that the 39-year-old has been successful multiple times at Madrid, it is a suitable option for him to resume his season; the conditions would be familiar to Federer.