Roger Federer will play in his first ATP tournament in over a year as the Swiss is set to compete in a string of events this month. Meanwhile, Elina Svitolian leads a star-studded field in the Dubai Tennis Championships.
Federer to play in the Middle East Swing
Former World No. 1 Roger Federer is all set to compete in the Qatar Open next week. Not only is this his first competitive match since the 2020 Australian Open semifinal (lost to Djokovic), but it is also the first time Federer will play in Doha in almost a decade. He has won 3 titles here and has a record of 26-3.
The 39-year-old is also set to scheduled to play in Dubai the week after. Federer took the year off on account of two right knee surgeries and the subsequent recuperation.
A competitive field in Doha
Dominic Thiem has been awarded the top seed in Doha while Federer starts in second place. Andrey Rublev will also play here next week and the Russian is having a brilliant run on the tour this year.
The 23-year-old has reached the penultimate rounds in his last three tournaments so far, including the ATP Rotterdam this week. Stan Wawrinka, Denis Shapovalov, and David Goffin fill in the remaining seed positions in this ATP 250 Series event.
Svitolina Leads the Pack in Dubai
The Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships, set to start next week, will see Elina Svitolina start as the top seed. She is a two-time champion and over the last couple of editions, she has made it to the quarterfinals and beyond.
Placed in the opposite bracket is Karolina Pliskova, who is coming off a third-round loss in the Australian Open. A couple of players to watch out for would be Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza, both of whom have had brilliant runs in the WTA Doha this past week.
Victoria Azarenka, Belinda Bencic, and Aryna Sabalenka will also start in the tournament with a bye into the second round.