Roger Federer will be at the starting line of the ATP 250 in Doha next week, waiting to know the exact date of the debut of the Swiss phenomenon. If there are no hitches, the former world number 1 will also participate in the Dubai tournament, a tournament he has won eight times (the last in 2019). The 39-year-old from Basel has already announced that he will miss the Masters 1000 in Miami, where he was supposed to defend the title he won two years ago. The 20-time Grand Slam champion does not want to squeeze his body too much, intending to return to playing on clay before turning his sights on Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. Following the news of his forfeit in Miami, some fans have speculated that King Roger's body is still far from the best shape and that he can't strain his knee too much. In a recent interview with Eurosport, former German player Rainer Schuettler wanted to reassure fans, claiming that Federer clearly has in mind which tournaments to play in order to get in shape for the Championships.
Schuettler on Roger Federer's return
"Roger Federer organizes his tournament schedule and his return to the tour very meticulously and precisely," Rainer Schuettler said. According to the 2003 Australian Open runner-up, Roger Federer knows how to deal with long injury breaks and understands his physical needs exceptionally well. "Even after his last injury break, Roger showed that a longer break can be expected," Schuettler went on. "He has so much experience and knows his body extremely well." Roger Federer is set to make his long-awaited return to professional tennis at the Qatar Open in Doha, which begins on 8 March. But the Swiss maestro has withdrawn from the Miami Masters, which takes place two weeks after the ATP 250 event in Qatar. Tennis journalist Michal Samulski tweeted the news late on Monday, and he was followed by multiple other outlets reporting the same. Roger Federer has been missing in action since early 2020. He was last seen on the court at the Australian Open, after which he was forced to have two separate knee operations. Initially expected to return at this year's Australian Open, Federer changed his plans in January and announced that he would be making his comeback only in Doha. The Swiss legend then also accepted a last-minute wildcard for the ATP 500 tournament in Dubai, which starts on 14 March.