The much-anticipated Roger Federer comeback has finally been announced. The Swiss star has been confirmed to play in the off-season International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) which will take place in December.
Roger Federer has been named as one of the members of the IPTL Indian Aces team. Tennis.com has confirmed that the injured star will be making his return to the court for the first time since Wimbledon.
This year, the IPTL is scheduled to be played in Singapore, Tokyo and Hyderabad, India. The event has been moved to Hyderabad, after having been played in Delhi for the first two years.
This year’s event also sees several more changes. Apart from moving from Delhi to Hyderabad, the event will also feature only four teams this season. Apart from the teams from Hyderabad, Tokyo and Singapore, Abu Dhabi will also be fielding a team, but will not be hosting matches.
The Manila Patriots from the Philippines will not be taking part. This is the first time that Manila would not be hosting the event, after having done so since the IPTL was launched in 2014.
Federer’s participation will be a big boost for the event, which has been rumored to be suffering financial strain. The tennis world in general, has been suffering the absence of big stars like Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova this season.
Nadal, like Federer, has been plagued by injury. Meanwhile, Sharapova has been serving a suspension after having tested positive for a banned substance at the Australian Open.
Apart from Federer, the IPTL has managed to confirm the appearances of Serena Williams, Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych, Nick Kyrgios, Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco, Ana Ivanovic, Eugenie Bouchard, Jelena Jankovic and tennis legend Martina Hingis.
Visit the IPTL website for a full list of teams and players as well as the full tournament schedule. The event will take place from Dec 2-11, 2016.