Barcelona Open president Albert Agusti claims Roger Federer is in talks about returning to the clay-court tournament in 2019. The 37-year-old has opted to miss out on playing on his least favourite surface in recent years, including the French Open Grand Slam, in a bid to ensure he is refreshed and ready for the grass-court campaign and Wimbledon later in the summer.
It paid off in 2017 when he won in Australia and at the All England club to take his career Grand Sam tally to 20, while he also defended his title in Melbourne at the start of this year.
There was talk of Federer playing in the clay-court season this year but he decided against it in the end although Agusti has not given up hope of seeing the Swiss star in Spain next year.
He said: “He came when he was very young but he did not in the last 10 years. “Last year we had conversations, a door got opened but he decided not to play the clay-court season and now we are waiting what he decided about 2019. “If he does not rule out clay, here we are.
It’s not just a money matter but also a relationship, and on this way, [tournament director] Albert Costa’s work has been great.”