It wasn’t much, but after a year, fans will take even a fleeting glimpse of Roger Federer.
On Friday, little more than a week out from his return to the ATP Tour, the Swiss legend tweeted a photo of himself from an undisclosed practice court, leaning on the net with a simple message: “The countdown to Doha begins”
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) February 26, 2021
Teasing fans just a little, Federer didn’t reveal in which city he was practising, nor was he holding a racquet in his hand.
In the first hour after it was posted, Federer’s tweet had more than 2,000 retweets, 20,000 likes and a number of creative memes.
“Looking forward to see you King Roger in my country,” tweeted Fahad Imran Butt.
“This week better go by quickly,” wrote Steven Ross. “So happy to see you again. One lovely pic can change your fan’s day,” tweeted “hanay”.
The 39-year-old, 103-time tournament champion has been sidelined for the past 13 months following two surgeries on his right knee, but will make his long-awaited return 8 March at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.
His last match was a semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the 2020 Australian Open.