Roger Federer spoke about his plans to play at Roland Garros recently. He spoke about his participation after defeating John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (9/7) in an exhibition in Seattle, Washington, to benefit his charity foundation.
“I am registered and my intention is to play Roland Garros,” the multiple time grand slam champion said in a post match interview.
Presently ranked at No.4 in the World, Federer’s sole title at the French Open came in 2009 when he defeated Robin Soderling.
“I feel very privileged to be back on a tennis court,” Federer said. “Last year was extremely difficult, having had surgery and the knee never healing. Then I had back pain too, and it all got too much at Wimbledon and I was out for six months.”
“But I was able to spend some incredible time with the family and start preparing for this season and hoping that the work that I put in the off season was going to really pay off.”
“I was going to get a second chance to really play tennis again on the professional tour and so when I did come back in Australia was really exciting.”
Federer, whose first three exhibitions for African kids charities were played in Switzerland, raised almost $2 million and also played a doubles exhibition match alongside Microsoft founder Bill Gates, beating Isner and Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready.