Roger Federer Returns To The Tennis Court
London (CNN)Roger Federer stepped up his highly-anticipated comeback to tennis after a six-month injury break with a practice session broadcast live from Dubai on his social media accounts. The session, shown on Federer's Twitter and Periscope accounts, has been watched by nearly 500,000 people. The 17-time grand slam champion has been off the men's circuit since he lost to Canada's Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon semifinals in July with a knee injury.
Roger Federer is currently preparing for the season of 2017, and he said recently that he feels quite rejuvenated and eager to come back in style to tour-lever competition, after a hiatus in 2016.
He said that he played well in practice matches, and that sitting on the bench for six months is something he doesn’t regret at all. His last match was in July at the Wimbledon semi-finals.
He said in a phone-press conference to the press, “I do believe it could be very beneficial for the future of my tennis career that I've had this six-month layoff. I feel rejuvenated, refreshed. Maybe mentally I needed this rest more than I thought I would. Maybe also my body needed a rest more than I thought I would.”
This hiatus marked the longest in his carrer, as he never took more than just a few weeks in a season. However, he is a father of four, so this year wasn’t boring at all.