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Roger Federer returning to court in Doha next month

Sep 3, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after winning a point against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria (not pictured) in a quarterfinal match on day nine of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Roger Federer said he is planning to return to competitive tennis next month in Doha, Qatar.

The winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, Federer hasn’t played since the Australian Open in January 2020, sidelined by two knee surgeries. In an interview with Swiss broadcasting station SRF, the 39-year-old legend said his passion for the game remains.

“I want to celebrate great victories again. And for that I am ready to go the long, hard road,” he said. “I like to play tennis for life. In the last few months, I have given a lot in rehab, in the conditioning area. I had to go through it, but I always enjoyed it.”

While he is missing this year’s Australian Open, Federer undoubtedly has other Grand Slams in mind. One is Wimbledon, where he will be seeking to add to his record eight championships.

Federer has won three times in Doha but hasn’t appeared there since 2012. He said being a smaller tournament, this stress will be less for his comeback.

“After Doha I would like to play another tournament,” Federer said. “If it doesn’t work out, I would go back into training, and then I plan to prepare for clay, with focus later on Halle, Wimbledon and the Olympics.”

In his year off, Federer said he watched a lot of tennis and immersed himself in the activities of his children. Federer is the father of two sets of twins: girls born in 2009 and boys born in 2014.

“I have now taken on the role of the quarterback more. I was the organizer,” he said. “I knew exactly what all four children were doing and made sure that we weren’t late anywhere. I also became the family’s driver.”

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–Field Level Media