Fans worldwide can’t wait to see Roger Federer ’s comeback at the Qatar Open 2021, which begins on 8th March. Meanwhile, the 20-time Grand Slam Champion sent a surprise message to his fans from the airport before departing to the tournament venue, Doha.
Swiss Maestro will appear in his first ATP event after nearly 13 months of hiatus. Federer played his last match at the 2020 Australian Open, where he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets before the final. Afterwards, he underwent two right knee surgeries.
“It’s been a year since my last travel to any event, and I’m very excited,” Federer stated before boarding into the capital of Qatar.
“This is the moment where I could maybe thank all the people involved who made this possible. It’s been a long and hard road. I know I’m not at the finish line yet, but it’s good,” he added.
“I Hope I See You Again Very Soon”, says Roger Federer
After over three months of hard training blocks, Roger Federer reached the ATP 250 event spot on Saturday. The 39-years-old Swiss is a three-time title winner (2005, 2006, and 2011) and holds a 26-3 win-loss record at the Doha outdoor hardcourts.
RF continued, “I feel like I’m in a good place. I’ve been practising very well,” Federer said. “Hope you guys also are going to tune in to watch it, and I hope I see you again very soon. Take care, everybody.”
Along with Federer, World No.4 Dominic Thiem, defending champion Andrey Rublev, 2019 title winner Roberto Bautista Agut, 2020 US Open quarterfinalist Denis Shapovalov, Open Sud de France 2021 champion Devid Goffin and three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka will compete in Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex for prize money of US$ 787,930.