Roger Federer has committed to playing the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel for another three instalments, squashing any speculation over a possible retirement in the near future.
Federer announced on Tuesday that he had signed a three-year deal with the Swiss Indoors ATP 500 event in his home-town of Basel, meaning he will compete on tour until at least the end of the 2019 season. Federer will be 38 years old when the 2019 Swiss Indoors is contested.
A seven-time champion in Basel since making his debut there in 1998, Federer was forced to miss last year’s event due to an extensive recovery period from knee issues.
In a short statement to the Swiss Tennis Federation, Federer said:
"I cannot wait to return to my home-country in the autumn. Playing in Basel is always a highlight of the year."
Immediate retirement speculation has surrounded Federer since his on-court speech after winning his 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open in January.
“I hope to see you next year,” Federer said after beating rival Rafael Nadal in a five-set thriller in Melbourne. “If not, this was a wonderful run here and I can’t be more happy to have won tonight.”
Federer will likely continue to adopt an even lighter schedule in the coming seasons, restricting himself to Grand Slams, Masters 1000 events and the odd ATP 500 event - including the Swiss Indoors.
The 35-year-old Federer will return to action for the first time since his stunning Australian Open campaign when he plays the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships next week.