After two surgeries on his right knee and over a year off the tour, Roger Federer confirmed he will make his return mid-March in Doha.
The Swiss, who last played at the 2020 Australian Open, will join countryman Stan Wawrinka along with Andrey Rublev and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the March 8 event.
“I thought for a long time when and where I should come back. Australia was still a bit too early because of my knee,” Federer told Swiss media outlet SRF. “I want to celebrate big victories once again. And for that I am ready to go the long, hard way.”
He added that he would likely play Dubai, where he trains, then the clay. But is focused on the Olympics, Wimbledon and the US Open.
The 39-year-old has won Doha three times before, most recently in 2011.
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