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Roger Federer to skip Madrid and Rome events

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 announced Sunday he will return to action at next month’s Geneva Open in his native Switzerland.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner also confirmed he will compete in the French Open starting May 30.

Federer, 39, will skip two other clay-court events — the ATP Masters 1000 events in Madrid (May 2-9) and Rome (May 9-16) — in order to train.

Federer has not played since losing to Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in the quarterfinals at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha on March 11.

That tournament marked his first action since February 2020 following two knee surgeries.

“Can’t wait to play in Switzerland again,” Federer posted Sunday on Twitter.

The Geneva Open, an ATP Tour 250 event, was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament is scheduled for May 16-22.

–Field Level Media