A couple of days ago, the Roland Garros organizers pushed the start of the season’s second Major for a week due to the pandemic, occupying the first two weeks of June and shortening the pre-Wimbledon grass-court swing. Wimbledon will keep its regular place in the calendar, which brings us to only two weeks on the fastest surface between two Majors. We are yet to find out how many grass tournaments there will be ahead of Wimbledon, but this puts those who love to compete on the fastest surface into a challenging position, especially if your name is Roger Federer! The Swiss has returned to action after being sidelined for 13 months, competing in Doha in March and scoring one victory against Daniel Evans. Undergoing two knee surgeries in February and May last year, Roger worked hard to bounce back and extend his career, hoping to get at 100% by his beloved Wimbledon.
Marc Rosset urges Roger Federer to play at Roland Garros this spring.
Although we still don’t know his schedule, Roger should play at least one tournament on clay this spring, with the Roland Garros organizers hoping to see the 2009 champion in the draw, just like two years ago. Nonetheless, Federer will have to make an important decision ahead of the season’s second Major in Paris, wanting to play matches and gain confidence while doing nothing to jeopardize his Wimbledon campaign! After Roland Garros, Federer should compete in Halle, and we will see if he would embrace a packed schedule and enter all three tournaments within a couple of weeks. Roger’s former Davis Cup teammate Marc Rosset is assured that Federer should play in Paris despite the schedule, saying he could gain a lot of confidence if he repeats the results from two years ago and carry it towards Wimbledon. In 2019, Federer returned to Roland Garros after a couple of years and advanced into the semi-final, losing to Rafael Nadal in straight sets.
“I don’t see why Roger would not play at Roland Garros. He is on the physical preparation with Pierre Paganini. But afterward, you have to go to the court and play matches. If he reaches the semi-final, it would be the best preparation for Wimbledon,” said Marc Rosset.