The Halle grass court event will be fan-free this coming June – but the German grass event has already hedged its bets for 2022 by locking in Roger Federer into the field.
The tournament has a long-standing contract with the Swiss icon to play for as long as he’s in the game. That apparently includes next year, when the 20-time Grand Slam winner turns 41.
Federer remains an unknown quantity for the clay season which begins on an unofficial note next week with the Monte Carlo Masters,
While the seventh-ranked player is on the official entry, that’s just a formality and a part of ATP procedures.
The true test will come at the draw ceremony in the principality as well as the other upcoming clay majors Madrid and Rome prior to the new delayed Roland Garros start of May 30.
Federer owns the Halle pre-Wimbledon tuneup, winning the trophy for on a tenth occasion the last time the tournament was held in 2019.
With COVID-19 number surging at the moment in Germany, the question of allowing crowds to attend the upcoming edition in the small Westphalian village remains out of the question.
“Since the health of our visitors, players, partners and employees is still in the foreground for us, we unfortunately only have the option of holding the tournament without visitors this pandemic year,” organisers informed ticket-holding 2021 spectators
If all falls into place, Federer will join Japan’s Kei Nishikori in this summer’s Halle field, which will also feature world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, eighth-ranked Andrey Rublev. Roberto Bautista Agut, David Goffin and Karen Khachanov.
Main photo:- Roger Federer with his 10th Gerry Webber Halle Open Trophy – ATPTour.com