Tommy Haas is bullish about the return to tennis next season of Roger Federer as the 20-time Grand Slam champion sits out virus-plagued 2020, rehabbing following a second medical procedure on his right knee.

The 38-year-old Federer has already announced his intention to play on grass at Wimbledon and Halle for starters in 2021 and will be padding out that framework as the months go by.

Professional tennis is struggling to get back on its feet after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the sport from last March until through early August.when the Tours are set to resume.

Haas, 42, who retired almost three years ago and now runs the Indian Wells Masters, will be participating next month in an exhibition in Berlin.

“We all know Roger, he is still very mentally hungry. If he uses the time now to rest and then prepare optimally with his always performing team, we can count on him again in 2021?,” Haas said of the eight-time Wimbledon winner.

” I’m sure he’s reaching his best again.”

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