After a few weeks of great uncertainty, Roger Federer finally announced his schedule for the next few weeks. Although his name had appeared in the official entry list of the Mutua Madrid Open, which hoped to welcome him back after two years, the 20-time Grand Slam champion decided he will start his clay court sojourn from the Geneva Open in Switzerland.
This decision was welcomed by Marc Rosset, former Gold Medal winner for Switzerland in tennis single. He firmly believes that Roger Federer must play on clay first, if he wants to challenge Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Stefanos Tsitsipas at Wimbledon.
Marc Rosset said, “Roger Federer has taken a good decision in playing on clay. If you want to beat Djokovic, Nadal or Tsitsipas at Wimbledon, you have to first play the French Open. I am looking forward to meet him in Geneva.”
Roger Federer confirms he will start clay court season at the Geneva Open
The former world number 1 will start his clay court swing of the season at the ATP 250 event in Geneva. This is the first time in years that the Swiss Maestro has decided to play in a clay court event in Switzerland. The last time he played was at the 2013 Gstaad Open. Roger Federer announced the news via twitter where he wrote, Roger Federer said, “Hi everyone! Happy to let you know that I will play Geneva and Paris. Until then I will use the time to train. Can’t wait to play in Switzerland again.”
The news has also brought great joy for everybody associated with the tournament. The tournament director Thierry Grin said that since the news of Federer’s participation has broken out, lots of people are asking for tickets but he said that they reserve only a few tickets for their sponsors. Thierry Grin said, “We are getting hundreds of requests a day, but we reserve these few tickets for our sponsors, in proportion to their investment, since they are the ones who keep the tournament alive.”