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Federer Plans to Play The Swiss Indoors

Is it a swan song or part of a larger schedule?

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.

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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”, ๐Ÿ˜ 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.

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What do you guys think? How will Federer's 2022 schedule change, if it all? Let me know in the comments.

Jonathan

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. “After getting through the first round, the next match will be on Thursday, October 27, 2022.”
    Yep, I noticed that and thought: putting the cart before the horse, or something, isn’t it? I can’t imagine he *intends* it to be a swansong, but we’ll have to wait and see. It’s far too early to tell yet.

  2. I hv a feeling he might try the HC season in the USโ€ฆ. Maybe even USO. I think he returns before LC. But definitely no grass.
    I also think he wants to do a full season next year

  3. I wouldn’t blame anyone to have a nice playbook for Basel as it cannot be anything else than farewell. And let’s feel happy to see him hitting twice before the finish and let it be a good show both in London and Basel.
    I’m sorry for the player, who will be “invited” to give Fed last win and for the other, to beat him for the last time. In my playbook the first could be Zverev, Murray or Kyrgios and the second Nadal.

  4. I will be just so happy to see him back on court. We all know he is coming to the end of his tennis career but to watch his magic on court again will truly be a bonus win or lose. I don’t think he would have agreed to play unless he thought he could put on a good show.

  5. When I started being a fan – late in his career – I think 2013-14 โ€“ I heard a similar song. “Win โ€“ Lose โ€“โ€“ I’ll always be your fan” (expecting him to lose). Still 8-9 years ago. In between he won some slams and showed a lot of brilliance esp. 2017 โ€“ and 2019 (?) where he almost won WB versus Djoko, playing the best, but…And this time? We’ll see. He has surprised us before.

  6. What good news.Nothing could be more fitting than for him to end his career in Basel where it all began.
    Would love to see it but tickets will be like gold dust no doubt.
    Went a few years ago when he won in a very close final against Del Porto.It was a lovely experience,so well organised,although extremely hot in the hall.Very happy memories,thank you Fed.
    Oh,and Basel is a very interesting city as well,great Art gallery.

  7. As usual with the great man, it’s a tough one to call. On the one hand, the schedule is all set up to be his swansong for the reasons mentioned in the article. On the other hand, it seems like a lot to go through โ€“ three surgeries and all that goes with it just to play a couple of glorified exhibitions.
    However, I’m veering toward the former since I think he’s the kind of guy who really wants ‘his’ two tournaments to be where he says goodbye at. I think he’ll want to be in good shape for them and all that hard work will be worth it for him. He’ll have that in mind anyway, but he might surprise himself and play like an absolute beast and then consider another 2-3 years on the tour! We live in hope…

      1. Yes, I do. No SHBH, but very nice and smart game. Nice on court presence. From the very young he’s my favorite. Talent may be comparable with Alcaraz, but missing Alcaraz’ body (which is not natural for his age).
        Musetti is an alternative in this age group and has SHBH. But not very focused and inconsistent.
        Right now I’m following these two. Alcaraz will have enough followers without me. Alcaraz is naturally fast and can hit with raw power. Of course has many more, but these are his main arguments. Give him the body of Rune and he loses 50% of his potential.

      2. Thanks for interesting answer, PRF. The medias in my country are overfilled with Rune’s succes, as they were with Woz’. From his sayings I’ve read, I’m not yet a great admirer. But he’s still young, so…

      3. I have no problem with media (which I ignore 100% because of covid and war propaganda) overfilled with Rune ๐Ÿ˜‰ So my choice is strictly personal, like it was with Tsitsipas (long gone because of his annoying personality) and Thiem.
        To my understanding Musetti would be more fitting choice for you, but … it’s your choice. For now you have still Federer and dreaming about him continuing his career ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also not going to replace Thiem with Rune. But it’s always good to have someone to watch and follow if you like tennis and your hero is just down for a while. Polish media are of course full of Hurkacz and Swiatek, but even if quite or very successful I have no interest in following them. So I understand your skepticism – after being FedFan one expects something very special from a potential next fav

      4. BTW – what’s wrong with Rune’s sayings? I’m only following him on court, not his interviews or speeches.

      5. Well it’s a year or more ago, so I don’t remember (and don’t want to, because I lost interest in him by then) the precise words, but (very unlike Thiem) it gave me a clear impression of some lack of social and sporty empathy, and a not very intelligent big ego. But he’s still young, and of course very ambitious in a somewhat one-dimensional way. It can change, and may have done so already โ€“?

      6. OK, I will try to follow also this aspect of him. Between 16-17 and 18-19 lots of things can change in the maturing personality. Probably neither you nor me would like Federer’s expression at this age ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will tell you if I have some meaningful observations ๐Ÿ™‚
        Yeah, Thiem is from another planet – shy as a hell (now but that much but still), kind like a hell (sometimes too much to win), but I was not yet following him when he was so young. I only know from Bresnik’s book, Thiem was late maturer in physiological terms but was “overmatured” because of how he was grown-up in the family and in training.
        I’m not hoping to find someone comparable with Federer or Thiem. Maybe my first “discovery”, which was David Goffin.
        So while not expecting comparable qualities, I’m still watching out for someone to eventually follow “after”.

      7. Thanks for answer, PRF. “So while not expecting comparable qualities, Iโ€™m still watching out for someone to eventually follow โ€œafterโ€.” โ€“ Well arn’t many of us…?

      8. Sure. I’m in the lucky position, I have someone to follow “after Fed”and with qualities good enough (some even comparable) and hopefully for 5-6 years to come. So I’m not in a hurry. And i can also imagine, “after Thiem” I will no more follow anyone in a comparable way I did for Fed and I’m still doing for Dominic, but simply watch good tennis. Not sure, good tennis will survive. But I’m also not sure, I will be alive and still have interest in tennis after Thiem retires ๐Ÿ˜‰
        I’m also not sure, someone will show greatness in next years – Alcaraz is the only one to show it right now, but could be short lived.
        Anyway – first way to here Fedrer’s last word, then (at least for me) Thiem’s.

      9. PRF, nice. And there are other fields where great persons can inspire us ๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. Guys, I was trying to buy ticket for 25 oct – the first match he is about to play – the page says it is not available – you think it is sold out already or what?

    1. Probably, when did you try?

      I looked on the day they went on sale and there weren’t many left.

      The prices were a joke though, making them unobtainable for a lot of people. Especially with inflation skyrocketing, and energy bills going crazy. But again, most people are sleeping, waving their blue and yellow banners, and in 6 months time when they can’t afford food, they will wonder what happened.

      1. The more they lose their mind in sanctioning themselves, the more they hope for Putin to tell something tomorrow, which would allow them to stop sanctioning. Before it’s to late and Russia has built new ties with the non-aligned world ๐Ÿ˜‰
        But even if you can’t afford food, you will try to get the ticket for Fed’s probably last appearance in competition.
        Well, I guess, this will be the most expensive Fed party ever ๐Ÿ˜‰ Should be hard even for celebrities to get there.

    1. Reminds me on the start of Zverev, but what is now Zverev?
      Alcaraz is extremely fast, which must be inborn (white fibers prevailing in muscles) and looks older than Thiem ;), so physically some steps ahead of almost everyone on tour.
      Not sure, how his young body will deal with the load. and how long this crazy run will last.
      I have somebody else to follow, but once he has beaten everyone from Top10 at least 5x, I will maybe watch his GS finals only ๐Ÿ˜‰
      But I guess in a year coaches and opponents will learn his game and find ways to defeat him.
      He believes his game to have a lot from Federer but I can’t see this.

      1. The litle bit I’ve watched from short highlights Alcaraz is fast, ok, he doesn’t seem to sweat a lot, so seeming effortless, like Federer, and stealing points by unpredictability. Footwork seems very well performed? And in adding may be lots of power, too. Interesting if you are right, PRF, that soon enough coaches and opponents will learn to read his game and find ways to defeat him. And training their minds. Zverev got nervous, it seems, the final example of this be letting the Alcaraz’ match-winning point be his serving a doublefault.

      2. Reminds you of Zverev?? O_O They are completely different.

        Alcaraz has a complete game already at this age, great movement, amazing forehand and backhand, touch, speed, strong mind… The guy is scary and now truly someone has arrived worthy of taking the place of the big 2 although I still think they have a couple of more years of winning GS.

        Alcaraz is going to dominate the NextGen.

      3. PRF said the start of Zverev, so I assume he was referring to them both winning M1000 early. Rather than game similarities.

      4. Ok, I see but my point really is that the way of winning gives you a clue about what the future will look like. Alcaraz’s game does not seem to have real holes, it is scary.

    2. Yeah, Alcaraz is looking very good. Zverev did play his semi-final very late, which won’t have helped.

      Djoker was pretty close to beating him, though, which is encouraging for him, given the year he has had and lack of tennis. Although without Vajda it depends if he loses a ton of weight like last time and starts consulting Pepe Imaz. Although presumably most of the tour being ‘pfizered’, even then he must fancy his chances to add more slams.

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