Roger Federer has confirmed he will make his return to tennis in Doha next month, adding that he plans to play the clay season too.
Federer has not played competitively since the 2020 Australian Open over 12 months ago after required double knee surgery following his semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic.
His original plan was to return for this year’s Australian Open, although he opted to abandon that because he wasn’t entirely happy with the progress of his recovery.
Now, though, he is happy to confirm his comeback date for the March ATP250 event in Doha, and he has a bumper schedule in mind.
“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,” Federer told SRF.
“I’ll try to play on clay again. The whole thing, of course, with regard to Halle, Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open.
“I like to play tennis for life. 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,” the former world No 1 said.
“I want to celebrate great victories again. And for that I am ready to go the long, hard road.”
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