Counting the hours until Roger Federer’s return?
Fans won’t have to wait much longer. Out of action since March, the Swiss tennis great has been training and is ready to grace the grass courts of Stuttgart.
There’s never a dull moment in the life a champion. Away from the court, Federer has maintained an active schedule ranging from RF Foundation visits, promotional opportunities and family beach trips.
And there was just time for a quick Twitter update before his Mercedes Cup campaign gets under way…
finally he is out of the house https://t.co/PhNIjs7FgX
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 12, 2018
Here’s a snapshot of Federer’s adventures since he last swung a racquet in competition back in March…
Front cover of TIME Magazine
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 20, 2018
No stranger to the spotlight, Federer landed on the front cover for TIME Magazine’s ‘TIME 100: The Most Influential People’ issue.
Federer’s introduction was written by Bill Gates – close friend and Match for Africa doubles partner: “I’ve learned how sincerely Roger and his team are working to improve the life prospects for poor children.
“Roger knows that effective philanthropy, like great tennis, requires discipline and time.”
RF Foundation trip to Zambia
True to that statement, Federer touched down in Zambia together with his Foundation and was seen dancing with school children, kicking soccer balls and attending class.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 24, 2018
“It is my hope that in 10 years’ time all children will have access to early childhood education in Zambia, as it is the foundation of all learning,” said Federer.
Laver Cup launch in the Windy City
There aren’t many places that Federer has yet to visit but he ticked another off the list when he launched the Laver Cup 2018 in Chicago, with some help from a few friends.
Loved being in Chicago and can’t wait to return for the @LaverCup in September… Hope you can join me there. Tickets going on sale tomorrow!! Get em quick ???????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/85mgZmWBgQ
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 23, 2018
The Swiss was there to represent Team Europe while Nick Kyrgios was on hand for Team World, along with legends Rod Laver and John McEnroe, and the likes of NBA legend Scottie Pippen and World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger dropped in on the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
There were visits to Chicago’s great basketball and ice hockey teams, a spot of tennis in front of the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, and, of course, time for some pizza.
Promos, interviews and beach time
Time certainly doesn’t stand still when you’re on a break, even if you’re Roger Federer. The next stop on his itinerary was Dubai, home of the latest Rolex shop and the largest of its kind in the world.
In the presence of greatness. Tennis legend Roger Federer makes a surprise visit to The Dubai Mall today for the grand opening of the world's largest Rolex Boutique. @rogerfederer #FashionAvenue #RogerFederer #Rolex pic.twitter.com/QlBpICzqHk
— The Dubai Mall (@TheDubaiMall) May 9, 2018
And you never know who you’ll bump into at the beaches of Ibiza. Federer and his family hit holiday mode, signed autographs for fans and relaxed on a super yacht.
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) May 23, 2018
Tennis was still on the agenda though. Who is the greatest of all time? Federer weighed in on the GOAT debate via The Wall Street Journal, suggesting the title deservingly goes to 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.
And what’s more fun than going to the circus with Roger Federer? Together with the RF Foundation, Circus Knie in Switzerland hosted kids from less fortunate families for an experience they’ll remember forever.
Back to business
Federer skipped the claycourt season for the second year running, although he did make time for a trip to Paris and a party to celebrate 20 years on tour.
The time has now come from him to step back on court, and fans in Stuttgart have been gracing every vantage point possible as he prepares to play Mischa Zverev in his first match for 80 days.
For the 36-year-old there is the chance to regain the world No.1 ranking and the prospect of winning another Wimbledon title next month. Plenty to keep him busy.
— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) June 11, 2018
16 February 2017
In the first part of our series analysing the similarities and differences between men's ... More
9 January 2018
As the first Grand Slam of the season fast approaches, top-10 players are leading the char... More
1 June 2016
Comparing tennis today to the game of the past is like comparing a boxer and fencer. There... More