From Halle bad news was released for this year … and another very good one slipped for next year.
On the one hand, it was confirmed that, this year, the German ATP 500 tournament on grass will not admit spectators this year. Organizers of the grass-court event announced it to all ticket holders on Thursday.
“Since the health of our visitors, players, partners and employees is, of course, the highest priority for us, unfortunately we only have the option of holding the tournament without an audience this year. It will be possible that we will once again hold the tournament in front of the public. until next year ”, says the organization.
But it is also anticipated that the tickets purchased will, of course, remain valid for the next year, which could count on Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori, among their ranks.
Both, along with Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Roberto Bautista Agut, David Goffin and Karen Khachanov, will be the stars of this year.
It was already known: on March 8, Roger Federer will return to the courts after more than 13 months. The Swiss announced that Doha will be the stop chosen for the return, after getting off the Australian Open, where he was supposed to make the triumphant return. And how does it continue?
And how does it continue? “After Doha, I would like to play another tournament. I would go back to training and then plan to prepare for clay, concentrating later. in Halle, Wimbledon and the Olympics“, he told SRF Sport, which suggests that also Roland Garros, or some tournament on the tour, would be on his radar.
Meanwhile, there will be many organizers tempting the Swiss to visit them in what is one of his last seasons as a professional. What is clear is that he will put chips in the tour on grass and, as is known, in Tokyo 2020 + 1. In Doha, the Swiss will end an especially long period of inactivity due to two surgeries on his knee, in a tournament that he already won in 2005, 2006 and 2011, and has not played since 2012. He has not officially competed since the Australian Open 2020.
“Federer always knows that he is welcome here. I know that Federer likes to play in Dubai, but this is not an obstacle. He could play in Rotterdam and then decide whether to go to Doha or Dubai. The truth is that it is not at all clear that it can be ready for March 1, but we must bear in mind that playing the best of three sets is not the same as playing the best of five “, these were Richard’s words. Krajicek, Director of the Dutch tournament, speaking to Blick.
Krajicek has shown total willingness for the Swiss, while making known the alleged confirmed scale of the Swiss. “As far as I know, Roger will be back in DohaThe week after Rotterdam, but if he is fit to play we will hear from him. “