BASEL, Switzerland — Roger Federer says he will play at the Swiss Indoors in October, ending speculation he could skip his hometown tournament in a contractual dispute.
Federer tells Swiss daily Tages Anzeiger that “everyone knows how much this tournament means to me, and that is still true.”
The five-time champion says “I never said that I wouldn’t play in Basel. And now I’m trying to make this complicated issue simpler.”
Federer’s contract with the event ended after losing last year’s final to Juan Martin del Potro. Swiss media reported that Federer’s management sought a seven-figure fee and couldn’t reach an agreement with tournament organizers.
The 31-year-old Federer says “I can play in Basel without any kind of contract or agreement, if I feel like it, and I do.”