‘Playing on clay will be beneficial for grass court season’, says Roger Federer
Roger Federer is convinced playing on clay will prepare him well for the grass court season because “you have to really power through the ball” to have an impact.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will play his second event of 2021 at this week’s Geneva Open, before featuring at the French Open.
The 39-year-old is the top seed at the ATP 250 event and will face Jordan Thompson or Pablo Andujar in the second round.
“I was happy that the knee didn’t feel any different from hard to clay, so I expect the same to go from clay to grass,” Federer told the media ahead of the event.
“Since ’98, since we have the grass in my schedule, I’ve never really had any major issues going between surfaces.
“I think that the tennis player is used to these switches but of course with an injury there is always a little bit more concern, especially when you haven’t played as long as I have.
“I’m convinced that hitting a lot of balls – you have to really power through the ball, like you have to on clay because otherwise you’re not going to have an impact on this surface – is going to be beneficial for me for the grass court season.”
- Join the tennishead CLUB and receive £250/$350 of FREE GEAR including ASICS Gel-Resolution 8 trainers, shorts, shirt & socks
- Keep up to date with the breaking news & tennis action at our tennis news section
- Win amazing prizes by entering our competitions
- Learn more about your favourite players including Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic
- Check out the latest tennis equipment with our tennis gear reviews
- Receive regular updates in our legendary free newsletter
- Read in depth features with stunning photography in tennishead magazine
- Can’t visit the tournaments you love? Check out our guide on how to watch tennis on TV
- Don’t miss a thing with our Live Scores service
- Follow tennishead on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube
- EXCLUSIVE 5% DISCOUNT for all tennishead readers on tennis rackets, balls, clothing, shoes & accessories with All Things Tennis, our dedicated tennis gear partner