Roger Federer news: Swiss player set to return in September

Lucy Roberts
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It’s looking increasing likely that Roger Federer will be back on court playing competitively in the autumn, ready for the Laver Cup in London.

The Swiss player hasn’t been in action since July last year when he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter finals at Wimbledon and then he underwent further knee surgery.

There were a lot of doubts over whether the 20 time Grand Slam champion would be able to play in this year’s Wimbledon Championships but now it looks certain he won’t be making an appearance at SW19 this year.

Even though he’s turning 41 this year, he’s still going to be playing at the Laver Cup for Team Europe if all goes well, and that gets underway from September 23.

Then after that outing he’s set to play his home tournament, the Swiss Indoors, according to the competition’s organisers, with that tournament kicking off a month later from October 24.

The Basel-born player has been victorious at this event 10 times, with the most recent win coming in 2019 when the tournament was last held before the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to be cancelled.

“After a two-year break due to the pandemic, the Swiss Indoors Basel will return to the ATP Tour in the fall of 2022,” the organisers of the Swiss Indoors competition wrote on Instagram.

“Ten-time singles champion and hometown hero Roger Federer has announced his comeback to the stadium at St. Jakobshalle. The Swiss all-time great has confirmed his initial agenda will include the Laver Cup in London followed by the Swiss Indoors in Basel.”

Federer then said in an Instagram story: “Looking forward to playing back home.”

While Federer has been sidelined due to injury, the other members of the big three have been far from quiet – Rafael Nadal won his 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open, while Novak Djokovic has only played four competitions so far this year due to countries and events imposing restrictions on him due to his unvaccinated status.