The much anticipated return of Roger Federer will happen in March at Doha according to former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek.
Federer has been out of action for almost a year following two knee surgeries early in 2020 but recently returned to training.
It was hoped the comeback would happen at the Australian Open in February, but it wasn't to be, with Federer not quite fit enough to compete at that level.
Krajicek, who is tournament director of Rotterdam, had been hoping his tournament would see the return of the Swiss Ace, but he now seems to think its a week too early.
“I think I know he will play in Doha (March 8), the week after Rotterdam,” Krajicek said of Federer.
“But if he’s fit and ready to play, we’ll hear from him,” said Richard Krajicek.
Krajicek had previously seemed confident of Federer agreeing to play Rotterdam, and made no secret of the fact that he wanted him there.
“Roger Federer knows that he is well received in Rotterdam,” Kraijcek said earlier this month.
“With the Big Three, you hope that the manager will contact you to tell you that they want to play here, but I can drop an email just in case.
“I cannot consider Federer’s appearance a guarantee. I am aware that it may be too early for Federer to make a commitment just yet.”
Krajicek announced yesterday on twitter that Rafa Nadal would play the Rotterdam tournament for the first time since 2009.
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