Roger Federer has confirmed that he plans to play this year's Swiss Indoors as he plots his return from a knee injury that has kept him out of action since last year's Wimbledon.
The ten-time Basel champion, who is currently in Malawi on a trip for the Roger Federer Foundation, said he was “Looking forward to playing back home” on an Instagram story posted on April 26th 2022.
Despite Federer's absence from the tour, the Swiss Indoors is one tournament he has not missed out on, as it is returning from a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He will enter the draw under his protected ATP ranking of nine.
After a two-year break due to the pandemic, the Swiss Indoors Basel will return to the ATP Tour in the fall of 2022. Ten-time singles champion and hometown hero Roger Federer has announced his comeback to the stadium at St. Jakobshalle. The Swiss all-time great has confirmed his initial agenda will include the Laver Cup in London followed by the Swiss Indoors in Basel.
Roger Federer has officially entered the tournament and will appear on the entry list with the protected ATP ranking number 9 and will play his opening match on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. After getting through the first round, the next match will be on Thursday, October 27, 2022. The worldwide interest in the return of the hometown hero and 20-time Grand Slam Champion to the ATP Tour is expected to be tremendous.The Swiss Indoors Press Release
“After getting through the first round”, 😁 someone in the Swiss Indoors press office is somewhat confident!
While the news allays the fears of never seeing Federer in a competitive ATP or ITF tournament again, it raises the question of what his overall plans are?
Does he plan to play anything other than the Laver Cup before the Swiss Indoors? Or are these two events a swan song?
Those two events are certainly befitting, given one is a tournament he created, and the other is held in his hometown.
I'm not sure what to expect, perhaps it's all pre-decided, or maybe it hinges on how his rehab progresses, which is still in its infancy. Either way, fans should get to see him later this year.
What do you guys think? How will Federer's 2022 schedule change, if it all? Let me know in the comments.