Get ready for at least three more years of Roger Federer.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Federer will be on tour through at least the 2019 season. That much became clear when the 35-year-old Swiss announced on Tuesday that he has signed a new three-year contract to play the Swiss Indoors Basel.
“I cannot wait to return to my home country in the autumn,” Federer commented. “Playing in Basel is always a highlight of the year.”
It has certainly been an annual highlight for the Basel fans. Federer has treated them to eight titles since he made his tournament debut back in 1998, emerging victorious in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2015. He is 61-9 lifetime in Basel and 47-3 in his last 50 matches.
Of course, it won’t be the highlight of 2017 for Federer. After all, the current world No. 9 already has a Grand Slam title under his belt after triumphing at the Australian Open. Playing in his first tournament since Wimbledon having recovered from a knee injury, Federer won three five-set matches on the way to his 18th major title–including over Rafael Nadal in the final.