Roger Federer says he intends to play a full schedule from now until Wimbledon, meaning his return to tennis starts now.
Federer has played just two matches, both in Doha, since January 2020 due to a knee injury that required two operations to correct.
He is scheduled to play in Geneva next week before heading to Roland Garros and then onto Halle and Wimbledon.
And, while he says Doha was little more than a progress report, Geneva is the start of the comeback proper.
“Doha was just a little test of how I was doing,” Roger Federer told Leman Bleu.
“Geneva is more than just a little test, to see if I can play several matches in a row. I know the danger of losing early is always there.
"The year has been ultra-long for me, with the double operation and the pandemic.
“We’re on this train until Wimbledon, we’re just going to concentrate on that, and the rest afterwards, see what happens. The comeback is the priority.”
Federer also answered the apparently now customary retirement question, and the answer still hasn't changed,
“It’s the knees and the family which will decide that,” he explained.
“For the moment, it’s the thought of coming back and see what level I will reach, and after we will see how long I can keep going with it, with all the stress, all the demands.”
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