Roger Federer confirms he will play only one clay court warm-up event before Roland Garros

Roger Federer has confirmed he will play only one clay court warm-up event before the French Open, which is in his home country, the Geneva Open.

In the last few years Federer has often chosen a light clay-court schedule, with it not being his preferred surface, however he was expected to have a fuller calendar this year in order to gain match-practice before his Wimbledon push.

Federer returned to tennis after a 13-month break earlier this year in Doha following double knee surgery. However, he cut the return short, withdrawing from Dubai in order to take an ‘extended training block.’

The 20-time Grand Slam winner hasn’t played competitively since then, choosing to focus on fitness instead, and he’d hinted that he may be forced to play the full clay season.

However he has chosen to skip the ATP 1000 events in Madrid and Italy in favour of the ATP 250 Geneva Open in his home country which runs from May 17 – 23.

Confirming the details on twitter, Federer wrote: “Happy to let you know that I will play Geneva and Paris. Until then I will use the time to train. Can’t wait to play in Switzerland again.”

The French Open will take place a week later than originally scheduled on May 30, due to a coronavirus lockdown currently in France.

It means it will only leave a two-week gap before Wimbledon for players to adapt to grass season conditions. Federer has admitted his two biggest targets this year are Wimbledon and the rearranged Tokyo Olympics.

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