Berlin - Roger Federer will not be retiring
at the end of next year after the Swiss signed up to play at the Stuttgart
grass-court tournament for the next two years.
Organisers announced their coup on Monday,
claiming Federer had agreed to play in the tournament, which switched from clay
to grass for the first time back in June, beyond next year.
Having been post-Wimbledon this year, the
ATP Stuttgart Open will be played before the grass court Grand Slam in 2016.
"I watched the first (grass court)
edition on television, it had a great atmosphere. I've always wanted to play
Stuttgart, but it was always the wrong time after Wimbledon," said
"Now that they've moved dates, the
chance to play the MercedesCup is very exciting - I can't wait."
The seven-time Wimbledon champion also said
he was happy there would be an extra week between the end of the French Open
and the start of Wimbledon next year, giving players more time to adapt to the
switch from clay to grass.
"It's genius to have an extra week. It
doesn't sound like much, but for us players it's a lot," said the
"I love playing on grass - always
have, always will. To play another tournament on grass is great for me. I can
manage my energy and schedule. It's all about winning titles."
Previously, Federer had been coy about his
long-term future, committing only to his schedule next year.
"Wimbledon is a big one. Rio as well
but it's not my number one priority. It starts with the Australian Open which
is just around the corner," he said following his defeat to Novak Djokovic
in the title match at the ATP Tour Finals on Sunday.
"Once that's over then I look more
towards the future."