Roger Federer played only one tournament in 2021, while continuing his return from two knee procedures, but he has already committed to at least one tournament in 2022.
The Swiss Maestro, who turns 40 in August, is dedicated to playing the Noventi Open in Germany, warming up for Wimbledon. Federer has won the Halle title 10 times, the last time in 2019.
Federer is also expected to play in Halle this year. There will be no spectators for the event, which runs from June 12 to June 20. Wimbledon, which Federer has won eight times, runs from June 28 to July 11.
This year’s Halle field also includes Kei Nishikori, Daniil Medvedev, Karen Khachanov, David Goffin, Andrey Rublev and Roberto Bautista Agut.
After more than a year on tour, Federer returned to Doha last month, winning his first and losing his second match.
He then retired from Dubai to train and prepare for Wimbledon.
Federer also hopes to play in the Tokyo Olympics – he never won a gold medal in singles – and at the US Open later this summer.
“Maybe I’d have been better sooner, that would have been a bonus, and that means I’m at one hundred percent ahead of Wimbledon,” he said last month.
“I’m just going to see how much more strain on my body and knee and what is the best way to prepare for the start of the season, and that’s lawn season.”
Still, he plans to play some clay court this spring, though it remains unclear whether he will play in the French Open, where his main rival, Rafael Nadal, will be looking for his 14th Roland Garros title and record 21st. The French Open has been postponed for a week until May 30.
“What comes in front of the lawns are the dirt fields,” Federer said. “So, from that point of view, I have no choice but to play on clay if I want to play matches.
“It could be good for me, clay. It could be bad for me, clay. So I’ll only know in practice, but I don’t think it’s going to be bad, to be honest.”