Since Federer was eliminated in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon (2021) in July, a knee injury has kept him sidelined. He has already had three operations in the past two years. Federer has already confirmed his participation in the Laver Cup, which will be played at the end of September.
Today he announced that he will defend his title from 24 to 30 October at the ATP tournament in Basel (2,276,105 euros). The 40-year-old Swiss won the hard court tournament in his native city in 2019 for the tenth time, the past two years it has been canceled due to the pandemic.
Tennis fans are divided on whether Federer’s entry into Basel is good or bad news. While it’s quite possible that Federer will go on for years to come, many fans see a possible goodbye in his home tournament.
Rafael Nadal also announced his return to the tennis court today. On May 1st – at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament (gravel) in Madrid – he will make his return. The Spaniard was out of action after his last loss at Indian Wells on March 20. The number 4 in the world lost to a rib injury in the final, which forced him to take a rest for four to six weeks.
“I’ve only been playing tennis again since April 18, so I haven’t had much preparation, but I definitely want to celebrate my comeback in front of my home crowd in Madrid,” said Nadal.
“The opportunities that are still there are not heavily sown on the calendar, so I will do everything I can to present myself as well as possible in Madrid. Until then.”
Nadal has won the Madrid event five times, in 2015 (indoor), 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2017. Can the Spaniard add a sixth title to the list?