Roger Federer will return to tennis action early in January next year. The Swiss will make his comeback at the 2017 Hopman Cup set from January 1 to 7 representing his country, Switzerland.
Federer is returning from a knee injury and surgery that has caused him to miss about six months of the 2016 ATP Season. The major tournaments he missed were the US Open and the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Federer is considered the “greatest player of all time” but injuries have moved him out of the elite group in tennis that includes World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.
Because he missed many tournaments, Federer has just ranked seventh in the ATP rankings behind rivals Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic.
Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam winner, the record in men’s tennis, will use the Hopman Cup stint in preparation for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, the 2016 Australian Open.
Federer will team up with Belinda Bencic to represent Switzerland in the tournament featuring eight countries. Others confirmed to participate are Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova, USA’s Jack Sock and Coco Vandeweghe, Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova and Adam Pavlasek and Germany’s Andrea Petkovic and Alexander Zverev.
“The men’s field is very strong, coming up. I think there is a little bit of pressure there. You know a lot of people want to win that event, it’s a lot of fun and there have been some great champions there,” Kyrgios stated to Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday.
Other teams, Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic could face are Dan Evans and Heather Watson from Britain, Richard Gasquet and Kristina Mladenovic from France and Feliciano Lopez and Lara Arruabarrena from Spain.
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