Roger Federer fans will be pleased to know that his retirement plays have been pushed back for now. Or rather, Federer has shown no signs he wants to retire any time soon.
According to Colm McLoughlin, executive vice-chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, the competition is looking forward to welcoming both Federer, and WTA Dubai Open winner Belinda Bencic for the 2020 edition of the tournament.
“We congratulate Roger Federer on his fantastic achievement in winning 100 titles, and winning here in Dubai for the eighth time, more than any other player.”
Earlier Federer’s decision to play on clay this season had set tongues wagging he wanted to make this a swansong year but the Swiss maestro confirmed that wasn’t the case. He had said he wanted to play on clay to keep his rhythm going before he features on grass.
He recently won the Dubai Open by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas to lift his 100th men’s singles title, joining Jimmy Connors as the only other men’s player to do so. However Federer will be 38 before this season closes and there’s a good possibility he’s nearing the end of his career.
Still, a confirmation from the tournament organisers about his immediate future should sound relief to his fans going into the Indian Wells Masters this week.
Federer is a five-time champion at the Indian Wells Masters, and will be looking to break the tie he has with Novak Djokovic in this competition. He had last won the title at Indian Wells in 2017 before making it to the final in 2018 and losing to Juan Martin del Potro.