The 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer returns after more than a year hiatus via the Middle East Swing next month. Meanwhile, the tournament director of the Dubai Open has officially confirmed Swiss Maestro’s participation this year.
The eight-time champion on the Dubai hardcourt skipped Australian Open this year. For this reason, he focuses on his recovery from a knee injury before playing his first ATP event in Qatar, which is scheduled to take place from 8-13 March.
Followed by Doha’s ATP 250 tournament, the former World No.1 has now included Dubai’s 500 event in his 2021 tour schedule. The United Arab Emirates biggest tennis festival runs from 14th March.
“Yes, we see that Roger (Federer) has entered and reverted to us,” Dubai Tennis Championships Tournament Director Salah said in a recent conversation with Gulf News.
Arabian continued, “This is great news for us all, and this is one of Federer’s favourite tournaments, which he has said so many times before.”
We Can Look Forward To A Great Two Weeks Of Tennis In March”, Dubai Open Tournament Director
The Dubai Open 2021 deadline was on 8th February. World No.5 Roger Federer eventually became the last player in the eight of the top 15 players in the entry list.
At the same time, the US Open reigning Dominic Thiem, World No.8 Andrey Rublev, World No.10 Matteo Berrettini, World No.11 Gael Monfils, World No.12 Denis Shapovalov, World No.13 Roberto Bautista-Agut, and World No.15 David Goffin are the rest of the seven contenders.
“We have an amazing line-up ready for both our tournaments. The fields for the WTA 500 and now the ATP 500 are looking strong, and we can look forward to a great two weeks of tennis in March,” Salah added.
Roger Federer has won titles in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2019 in his second home, none other than Dubai Tennis Championships.