Tennis fans lose their minds after footage emerges of Roger Federer back on the court


The Goat returns! Tennis fans lose their minds after footage emerges of a ‘super fit’ Roger Federer looking slick on the court after year-long absence

  • Federer posted a video of himself training on the tennis court 
  • The footage quickly went viral, racking up more than a million likes in an hour 
  • It comes as the tennis legend prepares to make his comeback at the Laver Cup 

Tennis great Roger Federer sent tennis fans into meltdown after posting a video of him training on the court more than a year since he last played.

It comes at the 41-year-old Swiss native prepares to play in the prestigious Laver Cup next month – his first tournament since crashing out to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon in July, 2021. 

Federer was winding back the clock as he effortlessly returned balls from the base line, not at all looking like someone who had been playing professional tennis for 24 years. 

One fan on social media wrote ‘it was the best thing you’ll see today’ – as others gushed over the ‘super fit’ veteran. 

Roger Federer waves to the crowd after featuring alongside a plethora of other Wimbledon champions at this year’s tournament

Since turning pro in 1998, the Swiss veteran has been proved himself to be one of the greatest male tennis players of all time, clocking up 103 ATP titles to go with 20 Grand Slams and a remarkable 310 weeks ranked as number one.

Unfortunately, knee injuries have caught up with the veteran towards the back end of his long career, with Federer undergoing multiple surgeries to deal with the issue.

Shockingly, 2022 was the first time he’d dropped out of the official ATP rankings in 25 years – which go into the thousands – given he couldn’t accrue any rankings points while sitting out injured. 

Roger Federer struggled with a knee injury at Wimbledon in 2021 before crashing out

Roger Federer struggled with a knee injury at Wimbledon in 2021 before crashing out

But to the relief of tennis fans, he now appears to have put the knee afflictions behind him. 

‘Smooth … and I think I saw something new’ one fan wrote, while another commented that ‘the US Open is ready for your comeback’.

‘He is unstoppable’ another keen follower said on Twitter, while the use of the goat (acronym for Greatest of All Time) was used frequently.

Aussie golden girl Ash Barty also ‘liked’ Federer’s video, while fellow tennis star Stan Wawrinka simply commented with a series of fire emojis.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner is set to appear alongside fellow legends Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic for Team Europe at the Laver Cup in London from September 23 – 25.

He is then expected – if healthy – to take to the court in his native Switzerland for the Swiss Indoors Basel tournament, which is set to begin on October 24.

Given his age and declining health, Federer has sparked retirement rumours for some time, but if his speech at Wimbledon in July is anything to go by; he is determined to return to Grand Slam level. 

Roger Federer celebrates with the last Grand Slam trophy he won: the Australian Open in 2018

Roger Federer celebrates with the last Grand Slam trophy he won: the Australian Open in 2018

20 years earlier, Federer won the Boys Singles Title at Wimbledon, just before turning pro

20 years earlier, Federer won the Boys Singles Title at Wimbledon, just before turning pro

‘I hope I can come back one more time. Of course I have missed being here, I would have loved to have been (playing) here,’ Federer said at an on-court function to honour the 100 year anniversary of Wimbledon.

‘I knew walking out here last year it was going to be a tough year ahead. I maybe didn’t think it was going to take me this long to come back, but the knee has been rough on me.’

Given Federer’s video of him practicing received more than a million likes within an hour of him posting, it’s safe to say fans are as hungry as ever for more of ‘Fed’ with racquet in hand.

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