Roger Federer is ready to return to the field, perhaps with the hope of regaining the scepter of the ATP, given that he currently occupies fifth place in the ranking of professional tennis players. The Swiss has been absent for more than a year and will return to play an official match next week, on the pitches of Doha, where he has triumphed three times in his career (the last in 2011). The Basel champion, on his official Instagram account, posted a photo of his last training session before leaving for Qatar and, among the ‘stories’, he posted a selfie while he was packing his bags, with the accompanying sentence: “It was I hadn’t packed my suitcase for a while … ». A week ago, ‘King Roger’, also on social media, wrote: “A week at the start: the countdown to Doha has begun”. On Monday another adventure will begin for the ace from Basel. Tommy Haas is currently the Tournament Director (a position he has held since 2016) of the Indian Wells Masters, an event often called the ‘fifth Slam’ of the tennis calendar. In a recent exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Tommy Haas spoke at length about his post-retirement activity in general, and the Indian Wells event in particular. Haas also talked about Roger Federer’s comeback to the tour after a year-long absence.
Tommy Haas on Roger Federer’s chance in 2021
“We all can’t wait for Roger Federer to be back on tour competing, as I am certain he is very much looking forward to it himself. And I think at this point in his career, he wouldn’t get back out there unless he thought he truly had a chance to compete for titles and win. I think he’ll be selective about his schedule, but if he is healthy come Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open, I would never count him out” – Tommy Haas said. Have you had a chance to see some of the youngsters in the men’s game today such as Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Musetti and Carlos Alcaraz? What do you think of their game and their potential? “I think there is no doubt that the future of the sport is very bright. We’ve been so lucky for so many years to watch three of the greatest players to ever play the game, but I think recently we’ve seen that the sport will be in good hands even when they do retire. These teenagers like Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Musetti, Carlos Alcaraz are incredibly talented, and once they get some experience out on tour, I think they’ll be quite fun to watch for many, many years.”