Roger Federer tweeted a few minutes back confirming that he will be playing at Crédit Agricole Suisse Open, Gstaad or as it is popularly & historically known as, Swiss Open. This year the tournament will be completing 98 years since the first edition of the Swiss Open was held in 1915. Gstaad is situated in south-western Switzerland, near the border with France. Its an ATP-250 tournament where in the winner gets 250 ATP points.
Federer stated, "I'm looking forward playing in Switzerland in front of my fans and to participate once again in the tournament that offered me my first wild card on the ATP World Tour when I was only 16 year old."
The start date of this year's Crédit Agricole Suisse Open, Gstaad is 22nd July, 2013 & the tournament is played on outdoor Red clay. This year, Stan Wawrinka, Janko Tipsarevic, Benoit Paire, Jeremy Chardy, Juan Monaco, Mikhail Youzhny are the other Top-30 players are in the starting list for Gstaad. The tournament organizers also confirmed the news about Roger Federer participating in this year's tournament.
The Swiss Maestro had last played at Gstaad in 2004 when he won the title defeating Igor Andreev. Roger Federer was presented with a cow during a homecoming celebration in 2003 at Gstaad after winning his first Wimbledon title. Federer fell in the final that year to Jiri Novak.
Picture of Roger Federer being presented with the cow named Juliet at Gstaad in 2003
After Roger Federer's 2nd Round loss at Wimbledon 2013 to Sergiy Stakhovsky, rumors have been going around that he will be adding another tournament to his 2013 schedule.
There are talks going around that Roger Federer might even play at Stockholm Open in October, 2013, but the chances of that seems unlikely as during the month of October, Roger Federer is scheduled to play at Shanghai Masters, Swiss Indoors Basel & Paris Masters, Bercy.
Roger Federer after Wimbledon will be ranked outside Top-4 for the first time in a decade & in the Race to London, 2013 rankings the Swiss Maestro will fall down to #6 (behind Berdych) after Wimbledon. So, a tournament win at Gstaad will not only help him to gain some vital points but also give him confidence going in to the Hard Court season starting with the Rogers Cup at Montreal from 5th August, 2013.
Update: On 3rd July, 2013, Roger Federer tweeted "I am also looking forward to competing in Hamburg (an ATP-500 TOURNAMENT) this summer. I always did very well at Rothenbaum, played some fantastic matches and celebrated important victories there - great memories!"
For a detailed write-up on how the ATP Rankings will change post Wimbledon 2013, click here.
Edited by Vibhu batra, 04 July 2013 - 01:27 AM.