Roger Federer will take his tennis fame into uncharted territory when the Swiss plays for the first time as a professional in Brazil next December.
The third seed at the Miami Masters and the most bankable of all the tennis elite is also due to play exhibition matches in Colombia, another new stop for him.
“We’re hoping to put together an entire tour,” Federer announced on Thursday as he prepared for a second-round match at the Miami masters against American Ryan Harrison. “I will be playing two matches in Brazil.
“We don’t know what cities yet or against whom exactly, but it’s gonna be happening at the beginning of December, the Gillette Tour. I’m happy that one of my long time sponsors, Gillette, are sponsoring the tour.
“Colombia has announced as well that I will be playing in Colombia, so we are looking for maybe one or two more places to play.”
Federer has never played the handful of clay ATP events in South America, which clash with the February European indoor schedule and the hardcourt event in Dubai.
“I remember playing juniors in Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela back in the day, probably 1996,” said the winner of six of his last eight tournaments. “That’s as close as I’ve gotten really to South America.
“But it’s obviously special to go to new places. For a world traveller it’s always exciting. People who know me know how much I love seeing in new people, new countries, and new cultures.”
As he gets ready to start his Miami campaign Federer says he’s not thinking too far ahead.
But he did admit that his winning weekend in Indian Wells, where he beat Rafael Nadal in the semis and John Isner for the title, “has given me a lot of confidence.”
“I played amazing in Indian Wells under the (rainy weather) circumstances. And also the last two tournaments in Rotterdam and Dubai – he won both – I played some great tennis.
“I’m just happy I have been able to win six out of eight tournaments, it’s special. I come into this tournament hoping to survive the first round. Let’s be honest, that is my focus right now.
“I’d love to win another double, Indian Wells and Miami. I’ve done it I think twice before. I know how to do it, but I know how difficult it is. Just because I’m playing well doesn’t mean that the rest of the group is not.”
Federer is seeded third behind holder and world No 1 Novak Djokovic and No 2 Nadal.