Roger Federer sends fans into frenzy with French Open announcement

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·4-min read
Roger Federer, pictured here speaking to the media at the French Open in 2019.
Roger Federer speaks to the media at the French Open in 2019. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Roger Federer has confirmed his participation in the French Open, sending fans into meltdown with the announcement on Sunday.

The Swiss legend announced on Sunday that he will play at Roland Garros next month and will prepare for the clay-court grand slam at a tournament in Geneva.

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The 20-time grand slam champion revealed his plans on his official Twitter page.

“Happy to let you know that I will play Geneva and Paris," he wrote. 

"Until then I will use the time to train. Can’t wait to play in Switzerland again."

The announcement sent Federer's legion of fans into a frenzy.

His tweet was liked over 36,000 times at time of publishing, with nearly 1000 comments from fans eager to see the tennis legend back in action.

"Oh my god, Roger is going to play at Roland Garros. Can't wait," one fan wrote.

Another wrote: "This is such great news to start my week! Thank you, Roger! Tennis is just not the same without you!!"

While a third added: "I miss you my King."

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Roger Federer returns to French Open

Federer will aim for his 104th career title at the Geneva Open, which takes place from May 16-22.

The French Open starts at Roland Garros in Paris on May 30. 

The 39-year-old Federer won his only French Open title in 2009 and lost to 13-time champion Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals two years ago.

He didn't play the French Open in 2020 after his year was derailed by injuries.

Federer had a repeat operation on his right knee after a first procedure in February 2020. 

When that bothersome knee kept swelling up after bike rides or walks with his four children, he announced in June that he had had a second surgery.

Roger Federer, pictured here in action at the French Open in 2019.
Roger Federer in action at the French Open in 2019. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

The seventh-ranked Federer made his comeback from a 13-month injury layoff at the Qatar Open last month, beating Dan Evans in three sets and then losing in three to Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Federer is also trying to win Wimbledon for a record-extending ninth time, having lost to Novak Djokovic in a fifth-set tiebreaker two years ago. 

Federer served for the match and had two championship points.

The grass-court major was canceled last year for the first time since 1945 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is scheduled to be played from June 28 to July 11.

with Associated Press

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