Roger Federer will make his local debut at the ATP Geneva event next month to put final polish on his clay game for the French Open.
The Swiss date will now become the only pre-Roland Garros outing for the 20-time .Grand Slam champion, who on Sunday withdrew from Madrid, organisers confirmed.
With Roland Garros pushed back a week with a May 30 start in a COVID security measure, the 250-level Geneva event which begins May 16 will provide a tune-up for the 20-time Grand Slam winner on the clay at the elegant lakeside Parc des Eaux-Vives.
Federer is taking his comeback with caution after spending all of 2020 rehabbing from a pair of knee procedures.
After playing two matches in March in the Gulf, he returned to training; he had entered the Madrid Masters from May 2 but will substitute that event with his Geneva career debut.
The 39-year-old will also skip Rome next month..
The Swiss icon has confirmed his presence at the French Open, which he has played only once (2019 semi-final) in the last four editions.
Federer announced his decision to his 13 million followers on social media:- Hi everyone!
Happy to let you know that I will play Geneva and Paris. Until then I will use the time to train. Can’t wait to play in Switzerland again.”