'Like in the old days': Roger Federer turns back the clock in lockdown practice

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter
Roger Federer showcased his skills against the concrete wall in a video to encourage others to exercise during isolation. (Twitter)

Roger Federer recently stunned adoring fans with his self-isolation trick shot masterclass and the Swiss maestro was at it again to help encourage fans to exercise during the coronavirus pandemic.

Federer last played at the semi-finals of the Australian Open, where he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic, before undergoing keyhole surgery on his knee in February.

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He treated fans to the ‘Tennis At Home’ challenge last week, which involved the maestro showcasing a number of trick shots against the wall in the snow.

But since the incredible news that for the first time in its nearly century-and-a-half history, Wimbledon was cancelled for a reason other than war, Federer gave fans another message to cheer them up.

Federer returned with a video encouraging everyone to try and keep active during their time in lockdown.

In this video, he said it was “like in the old days” where he would hit the ball against the wall repeatedly to practice.

“I hope everyone is safe and healthy. Stay positive. Keep active. Support one another. We will get through this together,” he wrote.

The cancellation of Wimbledon recently, amid the halt of the ATP Tour during the coronavirus pandemic, have many questioning whether the 38-year-old will return when the tour eventually kick-starts again.

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Eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer spoke for many tennis players, officials and fans with a one-word message on Twitter: “Devastated.”

The Swiss Maestro will be nearing 40 by the time Wimbledon rolls around in 2021, leaving many fans and commentators to ponder whether we’ve seen the last of Federer at the All England Club.

However he appeared to ease those fears later on Thursday.

“I can’t wait to come back next year,” Federer said, according to The Sun.

“It only makes us appreciate our sport even more during these times.”