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Roger Federer Return Confirmed – The Full Story

Talks surrounding Roger Federer possibly retiring have taken place for years already. But something really did feel different this time around when he lost in rather sad fashion at Wimbledon 2021. As you may recall, he looked a truly beaten man as he lost to Hubert Hurkacz on Center Court. But after that, Federer took a break from the tour, once again to deal with his nagging knee troubles. 

Federer Return

In fact, at the back end of 2021, he underwent a third knee surgery – not something that bodes well for a tennis player! As I say, this time felt somewhat different. Federer obviously missed the US Open, he has missed the 2022 Australian Open, and he won’t be playing either Roland Garros or Wimbledon. However, positive news has recently emerged. Roger Federer is planning to return to the ATP Tour later this year.

Below, I’ve covered the latest announcement from the Swiss legend.

Federer Will Return for Basel in October

For those who were hoping that the great man would be back in time for Wimbledon 2022, I’m sorry to disappoint you. I must admit, I was also hoping for such a return. But we can’t change how things are, and there is no point in Federer rushing his return at 40 years of age. An early return to the tour could well put the knee in more danger, which just isn’t worth it at this point. But as shown above, he will be back, and he plans to be back on the court for Basel in October.

Here’s what you need to know:

Basel – First Return to Tournament Play in October

Basel is one of Federer’s favorite tournaments. Of course, this is his home country. And amazingly, he has managed to win this event 10 times throughout his time on tour. Therefore, it makes sense that he would plan his return to play in front of home fans. This is even more true when you consider the success that he has enjoyed in Basel over the years. It seems fitting that he has announced his return in time for Basel on the day that the tickets pre-sale went live too – April 27th!

Coincidence? Who knows. Either way, I am pleased to see that Federer will return to competitive play at the end of October. And at that point – he will be 41 years of age. Again, truly amazing.

Laver Cup – Team / Exhibition Event at the End of September

As it happens, Basel isn’t the first time that Federer will take to the court in front of fans in 2022. Prior to Basel, we have the Laver Cup. Of course, this has been one of the most popular team events to have emerged in recent times. Both Nadal and Federer have confirmed their participation in this event. As a reminder, the Laver Cup involves team Europe against team World, and team Europe tends to do quite well.

The Laver Cup is scheduled for the end of September, and it will be interesting to see whether Federer plays singles as well as doubles. 

About the author

Gavin Davison

Gavin is a full-time copywriter based in the United Kingdom. He has previously played NCAA college tennis in the USA and competed in many international events throughout his younger days. He still plays competitively and follows both the ATP & WTA Tours closely. His favourite player is Roger Federer.

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