Roger Federer has reversed his initial decision and will now take part in the opening claycourt tournament of the season, the Monte Carlo Masters, organisers said Thursday.
The world number two from Switzerland had originally planned to play less in claycourt competition in 2009 than in past years, and he has only signed up for Rome and Madrid as preparation for the French Open.
Organisers of the April 11-19 Monte Carlo Masters had kept Federer a wildcard in the hope he changed his mind.
“We never lost hope that he would play,” admitted tournament director Zejlko Franulovic.
Federer has endured a disappointing start to the season in his own high standards, failing to win a tournament and losing more ground on arch-rival and world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain.
Federer has never won in Monte Carlo, and has lost the final of the last three tournaments to the Spaniard.