Roger Federer has confirmed he will play in an exhibition match at the end of the year after signing a deal to participate at an event in Hangzhou, China.
In the second half of his career, Federer has become increasingly willing to feature in exhibition matches to raise money for charity and play in new destinations.
And in November, Federer will play five exhibition matches in six days in South America and Mexico.
He will then take some weeks off to rest with his family before travelling to Dubai to begin preparations for the 2020 season.
And part of that build-up will now include playing in China from December 27 to 29 at a tournament with Alexander Zverev and American doubles duo Bob and Mike Bryan.
Federer was asked on Twitter whether he was playing at an event in Saudi Arabia and replied: “Nope, after World Tour Finals I will play in South America and Mexico.
“And Hangzhou China at the end of the year.”
The deal is for four years, taking him up to 2023 when he will be 42-year-old.
Federer’s decision to play in China shouldn’t come as a major surprise given the warm welcome he has received this week at the Shanghai Masters.
The Swiss star has been mobbed wherever he has gone and received huge support from his fans.
He said: “I also like the tournament, you know, the organisers, Charles and Michael, go way back with them now. So it’s also part of the reason I enjoy this event so much.
“I feel like the city has, you know, gotten better over the years, you know. I remember it just felt different, the vibe, back in 2002 when I came or maybe even in ’05, ’06. I feel the last 10 years it’s really gotten even more modern.
“There is more stuff.
“I don’t know. I enjoy it a lot. Like you said, it’s so very different to where I come from. I have lived in many different places in Switzerland and then traveled extensively, you know. But this is, yeah, pretty special the way this city and this country is set up and everything.
“The size, when it comes to anything, is just off the charts. Yeah, like you said, the fans get together, really make a conscious effort of want to show me how excited and happy they are. I felt that yesterday at Fan Day. Means a lot to me. Don’t get that kind of fan grouping like this together anywhere else in the world.
“And I opened the stadium, so forever I will be connected to this tournament, for sure.”