Federer to play Gstaad, where he was given his first wild card

by: AP July 02, 2013

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GENEVA -- Roger Federer will try to move on from his stunning Wimbledon loss by playing at the clay-court Swiss Open, where he debuted as a 16-year-old.

Federer, who lost in the second round last Wednesday against Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, said Tuesday on his official website that "I'm really looking forward to playing in front of my home fans."

Starting July 22 at ritzy ski resort Gstaad, the Swiss Open is where Federer played his first top-tier tour match.

Federer writes on his Twitter account that Gstaad "gave me my first wild card in `98!"

Then, the 702nd-ranked Wimbledon junior champion lost in straight sets to Lucas Arnold Ker of Argentina. Federer won the Gstaad title in 2004.

The Swiss Open is the lowest-ranked event the 31-year-old Federer will play this year.

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