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Federer announces October return date

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Former men’s tennis world No 1 Roger Federer, plagued by recurring knee problems for the last two years, is to return to the ATP circuit at the Basle indoor tournament in October, organisers said.

Federer, who has not played competitively since losing last July in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon to Pole Hubert Hurkacz, replied to the organisers’ Instagram post with the message: “Looking forward to playing back home.”

The Swiss legend, who turns 41 in August, last won a Grand Slam at the Australian Open in 2018, and picked up four tour titles in 2019 – the last of which was in Basle in October. –AFP