Doha, 7 March 2021 - Roger Federer will face an immediate challenge at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha, his first event since the 2020 Australian Open.
The Swiss maestro arrived in Doha for the March 8-13 event which will be held at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.
The three-time champion in Doha has earlier in a video on his twitter handle said, “Here we are, about to take off to fly to Doha. It’s been a year since my last event.
“I can tell I’m very excited it’s been a long and hard road. I know I’m not at the finish line yet but it’s good, I feel I’m in a good place, I’ve been practicing very well and I just feel really pumped up.”
The 39-year-old after nearly nine years returns to participate in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. The last time he played here in 2021, he had to withdraw before facing Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semis due to a back injury.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who underwent two right knee surgeries last year, will face in-form Frenchman Jeremy Chardy or recent Murray River Open champion Daniel Evans in his return match.