Roger Federer will make his umpteenth return to the pitch in Geneva next week, but there will be no spectators to admire his extraordinary deeds on the pitch. The Swiss tournament will in fact be held behind closed doors, as we have sadly become accustomed to in the last twelve months.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion only played two games in 2021, having hit the quarter-finals in Doha in what represented his return to the circuit after a 14-month hiatus. Much is expected of the former world number 1 in the coming months, useful to understand if King Roger can still aspire to win the most important titles.
It's no secret how his main goals are Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, not to mention the US Open scheduled for late summer. In addition to having to face the usual Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, the 39-year-old from Basel will also have to deal with the rise of the Next Gen, who have significantly reduced their margin from the Big 3.
In an interview granted to 'RTS' on Friday , Federer confessed that he enjoyed watching the ATP tour games with different eyes than usual.
Roger Federer will be playing behind closed doors at the 2021 Geneva Open
"(I had fun watching tennis) Even if there weren't any huge surprises, with Rafa still winning Roland Garros or Novak who is world No.
1," Roger Federer said. "At their (Tsitsipas, Medvedev, Rublev) age, I would have suffered from playing without spectators or with very few people." Federer also claimed he he hasn't lost any of his tennis skills, which he would need to call upon in Geneva - a tournament where he has a tricky draw.
"Here, I must first look at the draw, which will necessarily be complicated," Federer said. "But to be honest, it is important to first see how the body and the mind will react, because I believe that my tennis is still there."
Tennis is one of the oldest sports and the Wimbledon Championships is one of the oldest tournaments played in this prestigious sport. It is played on the grass courts, which is a traditional surface and has been into flow since 1877.
Fans from all over the world attend this event and are often considered a top priority by every avid tennis fan. At Wimbledon, they follow a different method of issuing tickets for fans. The majority of the tickets sold to the general public are issued by a public ballot that the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club held at the start of the year.
This procedure has been followed since 1924. However, this year there won’t be any ballot system due to the ongoing battle with the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets for the public to attend the Wimbledon Championships 2021 will be made available online and the process is expected to begin in June.