Roger Federer stated that he wants to return to top-level tennis in 2023, but that he has not made any specific plans beyond his scheduled appearances at the Laver Cup and the Basel Open later this year.
The former world number one, who will turn 41 in August, has not played since being knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals by Hubert Hurkacz in July of last year.
Federer declared his plans to play in the Laver Cup in London with Spaniard Rafael Nadal before competing in the Swiss Indoors tournament earlier this year.
When asked if he wants to return to the ATP tour in 2023, Federer answered the Tages-Anzeiger, “Yes, definitely.”
“I’m not sure how or where yet. But it is the concept.” I haven’t made any plans beyond the Laver Cup and Basel. The season is already ended after Basel. It’s critical for me to regain my fitness so that I can completely train. After that, I’ll be able to choose how many tournaments I want to enter and where I want to play them.” I don’t have to play five matches in six days in the Laver Cup, which is a good start. That is something I will be able to do in Basel. But I’m optimistic because I’ve gone a long way. I’m not far from you…”
Nadal, Federer’s Laver Cup teammate, defeated Norway’s Casper Ruud to win a record-extending 14th Roland Garros title earlier this month, and Federer praised the Spaniard’s achievements.
“What Rafa has accomplished in general is just remarkable,” Federer added. “Pete Sampras, whom I defeated, had a record of 14 Grand Slam titles.
“Rafa has now won the French Open a total of 14 times. That’s incredible. I was pleased for him that he had succeeded once more. Rafa deserves a lot of credit. ‘This can’t be,’ I thought after the tenth or eleventh time. He continues to raise the bar. It’s enormous.”
At the inaugural edition of the Laver Cup in Prague in 2017, Federer teamed up with Nadal for their first and only doubles match together.