17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has resumed preparation for the ATP 500-level event in Dubai following his premature exit from the Aussie Open last month. The World No. 2 has also released the first-half of his 2015 schedule, which includes all the tournaments he is scheduled to participate in until the Wimbledon Championships.
The only noticeable tournament absent from his schedule is the Miami Masters event in March, which he took part in last season. Although he missed the event in 2013, he was present last season, where he reached the quarter-final stage of the tournament.
While Masters events are considered mandatory tournaments from active tour players, Federer is exempt from that mandate since he has reached several of the milestones that clear him from the obligation, according to the ATP World Tour rulebook. The ATP requires players to have played over 600 matches, competed on the pro tour for 12 years, or passed the age of 31. Since Federer has matched all three of those conditions, he has “complete exemption from the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 player commitment.”
Federer offered up his schedule on his official Facebook page:
“I’ve been back on the practice courts for the last couple of days. Very excited to be back on the ATP World Tour at the end of the month. Below will be my schedule for the next few months:
23 Feb: Dubai
12 March: Indian Wells
12 April: Monte Carlo
3 May: Madrid
10 May: Rome
24 May: Roland Garros
15 June: Halle
29 June: Wimbledon
I am currently working on my summer and fall tournament schedule and as soon as I have it finalized, I will release it. I’m looking forward to a great 2015!”