Roger Federer drops hint about 2021 scheduling, saying: ‘I have missed it’

Roger Federer has hinted that the Asian swing of the ATP Tour will be on his 2021 schedule after admitting he ‘misses’ playing there. 

Federer has been out of action for almost all of 2020 after requiring double knee surgery following the Australian Open in January.

He is close to a comeback though and has started to consider his schedule for next year, and it appears that it will include the Asian swing around October time – if the coronavirus crisis allows.

“I’ve always enjoyed coming back [to China] and I think the fans are incredibly creative,” Federer said.

“They have incredible energy and I really feel that it makes me want to come back many more times so I can’t thank the fans enough.

“This year, I missed it unfortunately because of two reasons. Number one because of COVID-19 but also because of the knee.

“Next year obviously is the year I want to come back to China.”

One major question mark over Federer’s schedule remains the clay court season, and if anything has to be skipped for rest purposes you’d still back it to be the red dirt.

His coach Ivan Ljubicic was unwilling to commit during a recent interview, saying: “I certainly cannot say today what we will do in April.

“I know we want to leave as soon as possible, play a great Australian Open and then evaluate step by step.”

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