Roger Federer made his highly anticipated return to the Doha circuit in early March, stopping in the quarterfinals after wasting a match point against future tournament winner Nikoloz Basilashvili. The Swiss phenomenon drew useful information from the trip to Qatar, which allowed him to test his physical condition after almost 14 months of absence from the fields.
The former world number 1 then announced his intention to return to training to work on his athleticism in view of the big events of his season. A few days ago the news arrived that the 39-year-old from Basel will compete in the ATP 250 in Geneva, the only preparation test for Roland Garros.
The second Slam of the year will start a week later than the original dates due to the delicate health situation in France. King Roger's mind is obviously already focused on Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, not forgetting the US Open at the end of the summer.
In a recent interview with 'Schweizer Familie', the 20-time Grand Slam champion admitted that he is doing everything possible to get back into top form.
Roger Federer will play the Geneva Open
"I will do everything I can to get back to the top after my surgery and the long pause due to that," Roger Federer said.
"As long as I am happy and healthy I will continue to play. Now, before you even ask me for how long, I must tell you, I don't know, honestly." Coming back to the French Open this year, it was initially scheduled to start from May 23rd but got postponed a week later to accommodate more fans in the stadiums.
After discussions with the government, the French Tennis Federation decided to allow 12,500 people per day in the stadiums, with 5000 people slated to enter the main show-court, Philippe Chatrier. The move, made by the French Tennis Federation, allows fans across the globe to witness Roland Garros in its glory all over again.
Tennis relies on fans to throng the stadiums and to cheer on their favorites. As it’s a lonely sport, watching on TV can get difficult sometimes without all the noise of the people ranting live in the stadium. The postponement of the French Open has delivered the good which will enthrall tennis fans all over the world.
The French tennis action starts late next month. During the interview Roger Federer also recalled his school days, and admitted that he was never fond of doing homework.