After a four-year hiatus, the Shanghai Masters 1000 is set to return to the ATP calendar this October, and it has announced that Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer will be their guest of honour with the honorary title of “iconic athlete.” Federer, who has confirmed his presence, won the tournament in 2014 and 2017.
“I am very excited to be named the iconic athlete of the Rolex Shanghai Masters for 2023. I remember coming to Shanghai for the first time when the stadium opened and I have remained friends with the tournament organizers ever since. I’m glad the story continues and I look forward to seeing everyone in October” said Federer to announce his invitation.
Federer’s presence was undoubtedly facilitated by the common sponsor of the Swiss and the event, Rolex. His presence in Shanghai could mark his first appearance at a tennis event since his official retirement at the last Laver Cup in London in September. Still, some expect him to make an appearance at Wimbledon…
For its return, the Shanghai Masters 1000 will take place over 12 days and feature a field of 96 players. This puts it in line with the Rome and Madrid Masters 1000. “The return of the ATP Tour to China in 2023 is an important moment for tennis. We are excited to mark this event with our flagship Asian tournament, the 12-day Rolex Shanghai Masters. This promises even more incredible action between the world’s best players. We are excited to reconnect with our Chinese fans this season and continue to build on the success of our sport in the region” said Massimo Calvelli, ATP Executive Director.
The question remains whether someone will speak about the Peng Shuai case, although it is highly doubtful, as the ATP has never boycotted China for this reason, unlike the WTA (at least officially).
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