From the sound of things, Roger Federer is close to netting a return. And that is string music to the ears of the tennis world.
Former pro Richard Krajicek broke the news that Federer is likely to play at the ExxonMobil Open in Doha, according to Forbes. That particular tournament is scheduled to start March 8.
“As far as I know, Roger will play in Doha, the week after Rotterdam, Krajicek said. “But if he is fit and ready to play, we will hear from him.”
Krajicek runs the Rotterdam event, so he indeed should be in the know when it comes to Federer.
“Federer, 39, trains in Dubai, which is only 235 miles from Doha, which is played on outdoor hardcourts,” Forbes reported. “Krajicek announced world No. 2 Rafael Nadal as the top star in Rotterdam, but would like to add Federer to the field as well. Federer is a three-time Rotterdam champion, winning the first title in 2005 and capturing it most recently in 2018.”
Federer has 20 grand slams under his belt, which is tied for Nadal for best among men. Federer hasn’t played since losing to top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of last year’s Australian Open.