Roger Federer confirms date for injury return as Swiss legend makes clay and Wimbledon vow

Coronavirus: Roger Federer reveals how he’s practising at home

Roger Federer has revealed he will return to competitive tennis action in March. Federer has been away from the sport since losing in the semi-final of the Australian Open in January 2020. The Swiss legend underwent double knee surgery which kept him out of the remainder of the season.

Federer will miss this year’s Australian Open, the first time he has not played the tournament in his career.

The 39-year-old confirmed the reason for his absence is that his knee is not quite ready for the rigours of a Grand Slam.

“I’ve been thinking for a long time about when and where to come back,” Federer told SRF.

“Australia was a touch too early because of my knee.

“That hurts. It’s one of the places where I love to play the most.”

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But Federer fans will not have long to wait to see him back in action.

He will enter the ATP 250 tournament in Doha, starting on March 8.

Federer explained the reason for choosing the Qatar-based tournament for his return.

He said: “I wanted to make my comeback at a smaller tournament so that I wasn’t fully in focus and where the stress is also a little less.”

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Federer has also vowed to play on clay again, as well as attempt to win a ninth Wimbledon singles title and a first Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.

“I’ll try to play on clay again,” he continued.

“The whole thing, of course, with regard to Halle, Wimbledon, Olympics and the US Open.”

Federer is determined to achieve success on his return and wants to play for as long as his body will allow.

“I like to play tennis for life,” he said.

“In the last few months I have given a lot in rehab, in the conditioning area. I had to go through it, but I always enjoyed it.

“I want to celebrate great victories again. And for that I am ready to go the long, hard road.”

Meanwhile, he also revealed how he watched tennis a lot more during his time away from the sport than he usually does.

“I actually thought that I would not follow the sport very much and would be more busy with my children and my rehab,” Federer said.

“I was surprised that I kept checking results and watching matches. And normally I don’t do that at all if I don’t take part in a tournament.”

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