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Federer Confirms He Will Return in Doha

The Swiss will play at the ATP 250 which starts on March 8th

With rumours circulating since the Swiss withdrew from the Australian Open, Roger Federer has finally confirmed that he will return to the courts in Doha in March.

Speaking in an exclusive interview to Switzerland's' SRF Sport, Federer revealed that while he was not quite 100%, he is ready to get back on tour and start his 2021 season at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, a tournament he last played in 2011.

I am satisfied that I can say that I will try again in Doha. I thought about it for a long time, but Australia came a little early for me. I also wanted to come back to a smaller tournament, not the Australian Open. In Doha, the stands will probably be empty.

Depending on how things go in Doha, I'll play another tournament. Otherwise, I'll go back to an additional training block with tennis and fitness.

I'm not at 100 per cent yet, but almost. That's why I dare to go back on the tour. I do my sprints, play my training sets. I feel strong, better than in November and December when there was a lot more uncertainty. It was important that there had been no setbacks in the past six months. There was always progress, that was positive. I forced the knee, I had to do that too. Now, for the first time, I feel strong enough to take part in a tournament.

With the stress and the adrenaline, it's a completely different world. Federer speaking to Bernhard Schär

Federer Will Play On Clay But Is Building Towards The Grass Court Season

The Swiss indicated he would definitely play on clay this season, but as always, Federer has an eye on his preferred grass court swing which should get underway in Halle.

Everything happens with a view to Halle, Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open. That is actually the right starting signal. Federer on his 2021 season plans

Anyway, there's no point looking too far ahead, the first stop is Doha and it will be interesting to see how Federer gets on.

We know very little about his level given he's been out for over a year or how his practice sets have been turning out.

Can he hit the ground running like he's managed to after previous injuries or will it be more of a rebuilding process this time around?

Given the fact Roger is the biggest scalp on tour, anyone who gets a rusty Federer in the draw will be even more motivated than usual to chalk up a win against him so I don't expect any matches to be easy. I think the main goal has to be to play a couple of matches pain-free.

Federer Doha Title

So there you have it. Get March 8th in your diary as the Swiss Maestro will be back on the court. Allez!


Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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  1. Oh my goodness this is such good news. Just to see Fed walk back onto court will be so awesome. I think it’s a good idea to start with a smaller tournament. Go Fed!

      1. Good memories 😀
        Speaking about it, I was discussing with a friend, some time ago… Is it a tweener if it’s frontal?

  2. The Australian Open won’t be the same without him. I re-watched his opening match from last year. He was moving well and bh looked good. I guess it’s a wait and see how it goes in Doha. Aren’t we lucky to see him in action again! I suppose I should get Tennis Channel for this.

  3. I don’t expect him to return in full flow, but at least in some competitive level. My goal for him is to win some 250 torunaments for the record and play the minimun level to beat any non Top-10.
    If he plays on clay, he should go to small venues like Munich and Geneva, try to win those and then getting enough rest for the grass season.

      1. Yeah, I meant Top 10 material, guys like Wawrinka, Bautista or Raonic included.
        ¿What do you think he should play? ¿Small tournaments only, one 250 and a Masters, RG included or not?

  4. Jonathan I think it has to be
    …”he is ready to get back on tour and start his 2021 season at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, a tournament he last played in 2011.” (Instead of 2021) in your 1st paragraph !

  5. Anyone know what the broadcasting situation is with Doha? I live in Ireland so we generally have the same tv options as the UK. I have Prime and Eurosport but can’t find any info that they’ll be showing Doha. Would hate to miss Fed’s long awaited return. 😕

  6. I think you can get a one month subscription to tennistv for twenty dollars or so? They won’t show the tournament here.

  7. Hey guys, what’s up?? I don’t know exactly which post is the newest one, so I’m posting on this one with a very good news from the Goat 🙂 And… nope… don’t want to post comments under the posts of the racquets of Satan & D*per 🙂 🙂 🙂 Sorry… I just had to go there 🙂
    One month away from real exiting tennis. I’m not watching AO. I will when Serena or Stan or Nick get far, but right now I’m not that interested… in seeing Satan win it again and his fans celebrating.
    I know we all have different views about the pandemic, but I just cannot see someone win a GS while he kind of dangered the lives of others.
    I love Roger, but I was also a bit mad when he didn’t put a mask on or when he didn’t keep a distance. Luckily he is doing it now. Just like all you guys I cannot wait for him to come back 🙂 Go Goat 🙂

  8. Oh yes and apparently Rafa will play ATP Rotterdam. Yeah right. My collegue is a big fan and wants somehow to go there. I told him that I will believe it when Rafa comes. He will either cancel upfront or lose the first or second match. It goes without saying that I will not watch him play live… for any amount 🙂 🙂

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