ROGER FEDERER NEWS
February 3, 2021 - Switzerland
After months of training and careful consideration, Roger will make his long-awaited return to the ATP Tour at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha starting March 8, 2021.
Speaking to Swiss broadcaster SRF, Federer said, “I thought for a long time when and where I should come back. Australia was still a bit too early because of my knee… I want to celebrate big victories once again. And for that I am ready to go the long, hard way.”
Roger has won three titles at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open (2005-06 and 2011) and looks forward to playing competitive tennis again.
AP - Roger Federer is withdrawing from the Australian Open while he continues preparing to return to action after two operations on his right knee, his agent told The Associated Press on Sunday.
Tony Godsick, Federer’s long-time representative and CEO of their management company, TEAM8, said he is working on putting together a 2021 tennis calendar for the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who plans to get back on tour soon after the year’s first major tennis tournament.
“Roger has decided not to play the 2021 Australian Open. He has made strong progress in the last couple of months with his knee and his fitness. However, after consultation with his team, he decided that the best decision for him in the long run is to return to competitive tennis after the Australian Open,” Godsick said in a statement released to the AP.
“I will start discussions this coming week for tournaments that begin in late February and then start to build a schedule for the rest of the year,” Godsick said.
The start of the Australian Open’s main draw was delayed by three weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic and is now scheduled to begin on Feb. 8 at Melbourne Park.
The 39-year-old Federer is currently training in his usual offseason home of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The choice to delay his comeback came with input from coaches Severin Luthi and Ivan Ljubicic and fitness coach Pierre Paganini.
February 20, 2020
"My right knee has been bothering me for a little while. I hoped it would go away, but after an examination, and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday. After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery. As a result, I will unfortunately have to miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open. I am grateful for everyone's support. I can't wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass!"
CAPE TOWN, 7 February 2020
It isn’t every day that we get to see two international tennis greats play on South African soil. But the crowd of 51,945 fans at Cape Town Stadium on 7 February were lucky enough to witness history in action, when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal went head-to-head in The Match in Africa, raising USD 3.5 million (approximately R54.6 million) for the charitable Roger Federer Foundation. TheMatch in Africa was the sixth edition of this event, but the first to take place on African soil. And the crowd of more than 51’945 people set a new world record for the largest attendance at a tennis match.
The atmosphere in the capacity stands was electric as Bill Gates and Trever Noah joined the two champions for a curtain-raising doubles match, with Federer and Gates facing off against Nadal and Noah. Fans were ecstatic to see Trevor Noah back on home soil as both he and Bill Gates convincingly proved that there’s more to them than their less sporty day jobs and that they were fully committed to a good cause.
The Match in Africa also showcased a host of local talent in between the matches, which kept excitement high, including the legendary Ndlovu Youth Choir and the energetic Zip Zap Circus – a Cape Town-based social circus that was founded to inspire young people andto help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal did not disappoint, launching into an exciting rally of world-class tennis that had spectators on the edges of their seats.
After ahard-fought three Roger emerged as the winner of this round. But the players matched each other lobby forlobby and ace for ace throughout. The thundering contest was tense to the last minute. The event raised a total of USD 3.5 million (approximately R54.6 million). And all the net proceeds generated by The Match in Africa will be donated to the RogerFederer Foundation, to support education in rural South Africa.
The Roger Federer Foundation has been supporting education programmes for over 16 years and has invested extensively in educational initiatives throughout Africa.
Following the match, Roger Federer said, “What an unforgettable night. We raised more than three-and-a-half million US dollars for vulnerable children in the region, achieved a world record with more than 51’945spectators at a tennis match and had so much fun onthe court. Thanks, Rafa for a great match, to Billand Trevor for stepping out of their comfort zones, andmost of all, thank you, South Africa, and thank you Cape Town, for all your overwhelming support and for making a difference to those who need it most.”