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Roger Federer’s Schedule for 2019

What Tournaments is Federer Playing This Season

Below is Roger Federer's schedule for 2019 so far. It is, of course, subject to change and I'll be keeping this updated throughout the 2019 season with any updates.

It's now in the top navigation for quick access and I'll be adding in events as soon as they are announced.

Right now he's confirmed for the Hopman Cup and the Australian Open. Although he will very likely be playing in Indian Wells and Miami too but they're not included for now.

It remains to be seen if he makes a reappearance in Dubai after his contract expired in 2017. And course the clay plan is yet to be revealed, which as per Fed himself, will be decided on in the next week or so.

Roger Federer's 2019 Schedule

Date Tournament Location Draw Size Classification Surface Prize Money
29 December 2018 – 5th January 2019 Hopman Cup Perth, Australia Team Tournament Exhibition Outdoor Hard (Plexicushion)  
14 – 27 January 2019 Australian Open Melbourne, Australia 128 players Grand Slam Outdoor Hard (Plexicushion) $60.5 million AUD

Where is Roger Federer  Playing Now?

Nowhere, he's on practicing in Dubai ahead of the Hopman Cup at the end of December.

What Tournament is Roger Federer Playing Next?

The Hopman Cup which starts on December 29th 2018. Federer is again partnering Belinda Bencic and they are drawn in a group with Great Britain, Greece and the USA.

Federer's 2019 Tournament Map

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer - I'll pretty much try and watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Fed and tennis in general.

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  1. Do you know, why all the Tour has vacation on Maldives? Together with a million (in a year) of luxury “tourists” from Germany. And lots from other nations?
    Have tennis players never heard about slaves from Bangladesh working for them there? Or they all don’t care?
    I don’t mean just Federer. I know about very many ATP/WTA pros doing holidays there.
    I was a bit surprised to hear, Federer to be so eager to spend vacation together with all the tour 😉 I though he would be a bit more specific.

      1. Sharia would not bother me so much. Who goes there, does this to live some time in a kind of paradise and do nothing (just like in Paradise).
        There are worse things (maybe you don’t care?) – look here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maldives under Environmental issues, Marine ecosystem and Protected areas. It’s a kind of apartheid between local people, most of them “imported” and having status of a slave (does Federer and company care about that? I would imagine, Roger does, but maybe Luxus is worth more even for him?) and they collect on one of islands un-sorted not recycled garbage produced by the luxurious guests. Well – this was a side not only.

      2. I’m from a country that has sharia courts. I’d try to avoid any country have had dealings with it. Which unfortunately is becoming harder and harder. You are lucky in Poland.

      3. UK has sharia courts? Or you are not from UK?
        Well, I’m not aware of sharia courts in Poland. Instead we have a mighty Catholic Church and our courts and almost every field of social life is under heavy influence of it. Not a sharia. Rather Inquisition 😉
        But I’m lucky to live in the forest and to have very small contact with public institutions. Who reigns in the forest, ist still the nature 🙂

      4. Yeah the UK has sharia courts operating illegally. Except our police force doesn’t enforce the law, as it’s racist 😆 Look up a place called Savile Town. What an absolute shambles.

        I don’t want to sound too negative about the UK but it’s becoming a third world shit hole. Just a few highlights here:

        A school in Brighton has 76 transgender pupils
        The Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal
        London is the knife crime capital of the world

        And those are the just the big problems. Never mind all the shit at local level.

  2. Never knew about the issue with slavery in the Maldives. Do these players know about this? Roger, why aren’t you surfing in Hawaii instead?

    1. Lot of information about this. Here is an article in Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_trafficking_in_the_Maldives, https://minivannewsarchive.com/society/maldives-enslaving-migrant-workers-by-withholding-passports-warns-indian-official-45646. But I have read recently an article about that in a Polish mainstream media.
      Hard to assume, tennis pros don’t read media. Especially strange for Roger, just because of his aid for Africa.
      But I can imagine, they don’t know and at least some would not spend vacation there, if they knew.
      Slavery is not the only problem there. Also environmental issues. They don’t do recycling of waste “produced ” by the tourist “industry” in the country. They simply collect everything on one of the isles. Of course not the one, where luxury guest are .spending time. It’s Paradise and the Hell. BTW – because of climatic changes Maldives are assumes to be abandoned by humans by the end of this century.
      Maybe you have read Galapagos from Kurt Vonnegut Jr.? Maldives is just another Galapagos.
      I guess, many players, involved in helping to solve human or environmental issues in the world, would not go there, if they knew. BTW – you find similar problems in every tourist “paradise”. Why not to spend holidays in home country? it’s IMO a kind of trend or mob rules. Celebrities cannot spend vacation in some regular place 🙁

  3. I’m guessing Fed plays AO, Rotterdam, IW, Miami, Rome, Stuttgart, Halle, Wimbledon, Cincinnati, USO, Shanghai, Basel, WTF (assuming he makes it of course).

      1. Fed will add tournaments to the schedule one at a time, depending on what has happened before. Rome would be good idea. After Rome he has still time to decide if he plays RG, knowing more about how good are his new inventions for clay 🙂

      2. If he played Rome, it would mean he planned to play the French Open. Like he is going to do a load of clay prep for a one-off Masters 1000 to skip the FO.

        Sure, he might play Rome and think no thanks, FO is off the cards. But if he enters Rome then he’s clearly planning to play RG too.

        Maybe he plays a Clay 250 to get 100 if he has a bad start to the season 😀

      3. @Jonathan
        Roger is used to have good starts to the season. But it will be difficult to get the 100. in slams (where probably Djoker will reign. Maybe Rotterdam or Hamburg are good candidates. If not, he must probably wait for grass. Don’t see him playing 250 for 100. Or he opens first ever ATP 250 in Poland (like Istanbul some time ago) and uses the opportunity to get 100. in a somehow special event 🙂 2004 Nadal won his first ATP title in Sopot – it was then a tournament in category “International Series”. Since 2007 we have only Challengers, so nice opportunity for Fed to revive ATP tennis in a distant land 😉

  4. Thank you, Jonathan. Your blog is really the last place on Earth fighting for freedom of opinions and never banning anybody or censoring posts. That’s why my post about Maldives “awaits moderation”. “Go Roger” (for Maldives???) is good enough and must not be moderated. Hahaha …

    1. Wrong, again. It’s because the post contained multiple links and it thinks you’re a retarded spammer so it holds it in a moderation queue. 2 out of 2 from Akismet on that one.

      1. Sorry, Jonathan, I was confused to see this non-controversial post to wait for moderation. Didn’t know about such behavior of Akismet. I have Akismet too on my blog, but have never seen this. It’s OK – my apologies for a bit nervous reaction 🙂

  5. I thought about going to Hopman Cup – apparently it’s the last time isn’t it? But as soon as they announced Serena Williams and she’ll be in the same group as Roger as well, I gave up the idea. No money in the world will make me watch her.

    It will be AO20 for me after going this year. Please keep playing Roger!

      1. You’re right. I wouldn’t mind watching that particular bit and I hope the men won’t tank their serves!

      2. Isner can make everyone look like a donkey 😉 But some can make Isner looking like a donkey too. I guess, Serena can serve so, to make Isner looking like a donkey, not able to return women’s serve (whatever you think about female features of Serena).

  6. My guess under current state of knowledge and rather optimistic assuming he really intends to play more tournaments instead of training… :

    Roger might play
    * Hopman Cup
    1. AO
    2. Rotterdam/Dubai,
    3. IW,
    4. Miami,
    5. Madrid
    6. Stuttgart
    7. Halle
    8. Wimbledon
    9.Washington
    10. Cincinnati
    11.USO
    Laver Cup
    12. Shanghai
    13.Basel
    14. Paris-Bercy,
    15.WTF (hopefully)

    Somewhere in between there will be a match for Africa in Tokyo, maybe before/after the Shanghai Rolex Masters ?

      1. Why not to do crazy things? But I guess, Fed will update his schedule one tournament at a time. Still we can have fun to develop ideas. I think, Fed is just ready for crazy things. For instance play (and win RG) and then skip grass 😉

      2. because it’s the most untypical clay tournament. Madrid is much faster than all the other ones which might be a good compromise between hard- and grass-court and staying in competition at the same time…

      3. The ball is obvs quicker through the air in Madrid, but much faster? Doubtful tbh, it was won for the first time by someone outside the Big4 last year for the first time.

        I agree with PRF for once, he has a loose schedule planned out by the start of the year (with a decision on clay made before the end of 2018) and just add/remove tournaments depending on what he is thinking.

        I think Rome is likelier than Madrid. But if he plays any clay event, it will be done with a view to play the French Open. There is zero point changing your entire training blocks and training required for a 1 off Masters 1000 to then go and play on grass. It requires a lot of different strength training on the legs.

      4. @ DrEvil – thanks for sharing your reasoning behind Madrid. Certainly as a possibility for a title it seems like it could be a better bet, but as prep for RG less so – and as somebody said, the considerations of the boys’ birthday may well factor in as well.

  7. “Haha this is crazy” appears quite rude to me, I don’t appreciate this and feel the need to express it. No drama but it’s unkind regarding how I got to know you here…

      1. A simple “sorry, I didn’t want to offend you” would have been my answer if the whole story happened the other way round and you indicated an irritation coming from me….

    1. Jonathan meant obviously the schedule, not you 😉 Even if he thought, you to be crazy to speculate such schedule, what’s wrong in creating crazy concepts?
      Jonathan is very kind person and you see, ho calm I react to him calling me low-level troll or someone unable to understand CPI concept a.so. I think, we should even allow each other to use djokes, provos and similar things or we start to play a Seppi vs, Seppi match.
      Back to the matter. I agree with Jonathan, Rome is likelier because of some similarity of Rome and Paris courts. and probability to have some decent preparation for Paris, should he decide to play there. Still I don’t see Roger going for Paris ort he invents how to play to have chances at least for the final. but I’ m accepting now every crazy thing for Fed . Times of going through the schedule with the goal to end no.1 or beat some specific record are over, I guess. How can he know now, how he will feel in June? Again – playing Paris with resulting risk for grass, would be another crazy thing but I would like it. If he si far never did skip Wimbledon, why not do it for the first time, whatever the reason?
      I agree again with Jon (what an peaceful day ;)), Madrid is very special clay court because of altitude and for this reason maybe the best one for Fed to play just for play clay once more, without thinking about Paris.

  8. Just read some of the players for Rotterdam, no Roger as yet so maybe he’ll play
    Dubai instead. Don’t think Miami will be on the cards as he has no points to
    defend this year, so perhaps if he plays clay (1000) it maybe the two he hasn’t
    won. Madrid ‘we need a clown for this circus’ is the week of his sons birthday,
    personally I would like to see Fed play on clay again because how many times
    will there be for him to do so, but I wouldn’t care if he didn’t play RG….if he
    makes some points on clay he may miss Stug and only play Halle and Wimb.

    1. Does Roger anything to defend really? I think, he plays for MOMENTS rather than points. MOMENTS< can come in every tournament. MOMENT can be also a loss but still showing RF Magic, no?

      1. You my friend are so right he really doesn’t have anything to defend, or
        indeed to prove to people who love watching tennis. Letting it slip,
        are you mellowing? Haha x

      2. Mmmm… except he has said himself that he plays for titles. At least so far. I do think we as his fans are getting better at appreciating moments, which as you so rightly say can be moments of magic even in the midst of a loss.

      3. @elizabeth
        I’m full of surprises like a gingerbread 😉 And of course I’m mellow by nature 😉 That’s how I understand Roger latest years and upcoming. Maybe I was able to accept and love this earlier than most of you (which I of course understand).

      4. @Thinker
        My understanding of Roger was like this since ages. Creating moments, when hearts stop to beat, if you are his fan or not. If they are many, he inevitably wins. If not, he still delivers happiness. Being an inborn winner, he is always a bit disappointed, when playing well and still losing. But I see, he is going this way – these moment mean every year more and are still worth to continue 🙂

      5. @Elizabeth
        They say (once a doc said me too), whoever was “sharp” over the main part of his life, is going to mellow when ageing. It’s now only Fed affected by age, hahaha … (sorry to speak so much about myself – it’s also a symptom of ageing).

  9. Wasn’t the contract with Stuttgart for 3 years? So that would leave one more year to go. I don’t honestly see how he makes the clay > grass transition while still playing Stuttgart, because it starts immediately after the end of RG. And I agree it doesn’t make much sense to play lead-up clay torneys & then skip RG. I could see him doing Munich (close to home, good gauge of what his clay form is), then possibly Rome & RG. Conceivably, but less likely, Munich & Geneva (both close to home), then RG. I don’t really see him yet at the point, though, where he would play 2 250s when there’s a 1000 on the schedule, even if they are closer to home. Possibly Barcelona, as a 500 rather than a 250; still, that’s pretty hardcore clay. But if we accept that, if he plays any clay at all, he’s probably planning to play RG, then I think we have to be prepared for him to pull out of Stuttgart if he goes deep, contract or no.
    I don’t expect him to play Miami at all.
    Rotterdam is an interesting question. It sure worked out well this year – but did it possibly leave him with not enough left for IW? Considering that he had a point to win that title too, I don’t think so. Rotterdam also has the advantage, if the family is in Switzerland as they were this year, of being close by: less time zone adjustment (than Dubai), not just for him & his play but for the kids too. (In fact it’s easier to just leave the kids where they’re already settled if he’s just going to the Netherlands. Heck, I don’t think he’d do it, but it’s close enough for him to commute daily via NetJets if he wanted to.) On the other hand is prep in the desert of Dubai better preparation for the desert of IW? Dunno. Anyway, we shall see what we shall see.

    1. @ Thinker: Fed has played Stuttgart already 3 years in a row. Lost to Thiem in the Semis 2016, then to Haas in R2 in 2017 and finally won the tournament this year…

      1. But the first Stuttgart win was accompanied by the first loss in Wimby, so … everything is open.
        I believe, Fed is still working on his game, adapting to ageing (not nice word, but how can you skip it?). Improving serve and return (is this possible???) would let him shorten the matches, which is now must-be to have chances in slams.
        But does he think about chances? He’s not an accountant by tennis passionate. Records are nice, but they come almost every match he plays.
        And at this stage of his career, the biggest opponent is always himself. So to see him battling against this internal opponent and of course not always winning, would be some new value – for him and for family and fans (being a part of big FedFamily).

  10. What I’d like to see is:
    Hopman Cup
    1. AO
    2. IW
    3. Monte Carlo
    4. Rome
    5. RG
    6. Halle
    7. Wimby
    8. Cincy
    9. USO
    Laver Cup
    10. Shanghai
    11. Basel
    12. Paris
    13. WTF

    I have a feeling that the calender for 2019 will be similar to 2018 something like:
    Hopman Cup
    1. AO
    2. Dubai
    3, IW
    4. Miami
    5. Stuttgart
    6. Halle
    7. Wimby
    8. Cincy
    9. USO
    Laver Cup
    10. Shanghai
    11. Basel
    12. WTF

    1. This is deeply subjective choice, but I think, Fed didn’t have many big matches 2018. Defeating Cilic at AO was not a big match with hurt Cilic. Rotterdam final against no-level Dimitrov was also not a big match.
      Well, they took Thiem’s Nadal defeat in Madrid ranked 4 but IMO his lost match to Nadal at USO was a lot bigger in terms of tennis show.
      We should not get too serious sich listings. Ask spectators. But how? Fans are always more happy because of dominating win of their idol than of him losing an epic 😉
      I guess, if Thiem had won the USO thriller vs. Rafa, it would have been No. 1. Or not. Because then Rafa fans would ask the same question you do 😉

  11. I’d like to see him play
    AO
    Dubai
    IW
    MC
    Munich
    Rome
    RG
    Halle
    Wimby
    Cincy
    USO
    Laver Cup in Geneva (plese don’t retire there)
    Shanghai
    Basel
    WTF

    1. Yes, it’s Montreal 2019.

      We can expect, what we want 🙂 I guess, Roger doesn’t really know more than AO and then everything depending on so many factors … ONE BIG TITLE AT A TIME 🙂

  12. Here is what I think his schedule will be….

    WHATEVER THE FUCK HE WANTS TO PLAY.

    No point guessing. Based on his last couple years, the only thing you can say is that he has some plain in mind but it will change based on how tired he is. For example, if he goes deep in one tourney, he won’t play next one unless there is enough gap to recover and even then the next trouney is big one like a slam.

    Dhaval

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