Two-time French Open runner-up Robin Soderling of Sweden is hopeful to make a return on the tour. Soderling, 29, last played in July 2011, where he won the title in Bastad. There were rumors last month that the Swede would return to play at the Paris Masters, but he opted out of the event later on.
Soderling, ranked as high as number 4 once, said that he is physical and mental strength are making headway, and he could soon return to the tour once again. "I am making progress," Soderling quoted. "I can play matches now, just not on consecutive days.
"It is unfair that some people, in effort to sell newspapers, point to doping allegations as the reason for my absence, and for other players who similarly miss extended periods of playing time." Interestingly, Soderling is the only player to beat world number one Rafael Nadal in the history of French Open.