Officials have revealed that 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will play both singes and doubles at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.
After his fourth round exit at Roland Garros to eventual semi-finalist Ernests Gulbis, Federer is looking forward to starting the grass court portion of the season at an event he has won on six separate occasions.
Federer will face a tough line-up of competitors at the event, as world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 9 Milos Raonic, No. 10 Kei Nishikori, as well as Germans Tommy Haas and Philipp Kohlschreiber. Haas is a two time champion at the event, while Kohlschreiber won the event in 2011.
While Federer’s worst season in a decade took place last year, Halle was the only title the Swiss star managed to win, when he defeated Mikhail Youzhny in the final. He is a six-time champion at the event, having won the title on four consecutive occasions between 2003-06, before doing it again in 2008 and 2013. He is 45-3 overall at the event.
Federer will begin his week in Halle with a bye into the second round, where he is expected to face either wildcard Jan-Lennard Struff or Portugal’s Joao Sousa. In doubles, he will begin against Martin Emmrich and Andreas Seppi.