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Roger Federer plans tournament return at Swiss Indoors in October

Roger Federer has planned to play at the Swiss Indoors in October, which is his home tournament in Basel.

Edited by: Aachal Maniyar New Delhi Published on: April 26, 2022 20:18 IST
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Roger Federer has plans to play at the Swiss Indoors in October

Roger Federer has planned to play at the Swiss Indoors in October, which is his home tournament in Basel.

According to reports, the 20-time Grand Slam champion “has officially entered the tournament and will appear on the entry list with the protected ATP ranking" of No. 9.

His agent, Tony Godsick, has confirmed Federer's plan, with his first match scheduled for October 25.

The 40-year-old Swiss star has not played a competitive match since losing to Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 7-6 (4), and 6-0 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals on July 7. 

Soon after that defeat, Federer had surgery to repair damage to his meniscus and cartilage in his right knee — the third time in a span of 1 1/2 years that knee was operated on.

Federer has won a men's record eight championships at the All England Club. He and Novak Djokovic are tied for the second-most overall major tennis titles won by a man; they trail Rafael Nadal, who has 21.

Federer had earlier said in an interview that he expected to miss Wimbledon this year and was not sure when, if ever, he might be able to play again at a high level, although he did "want to see one last time what I'm capable of as a professional tennis player.”

In February, Federer and Nadal announced they were both planning to participate in the Laver Cup in London.

That would mark Federer's return to action for the first time since last July — albeit not at a full-fledged tournament but at a team event founded by his management company.

Federer has won the Swiss Indoors trophy 10 times. The tournament will return this year after being called off in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

(Inputs by PTI)

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