Roger Federer has made his first appearance at Roland Garros in four years, hitting with Diego Schwartzman ahead of next week’s French Open.
The Swiss legend, who’s previously chosen to skip the clay court season since 2016, tuned up for the year’s second major on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Tuesday.
Federer beat Schwarztman 6-3 in a one-set practice match, spending around 75 minutes on court.
But that was all the time Federer needed to send his hoards of fans into a frenzy.
Fans erupted after video was posted of Federer on social media, with the masses celebrating his long-awaited return to Roland Garros.
💓💓💓💓💓👌— Shaheen Ashraf (@topgooner100) May 21, 2019
So happy to see u back in Paris Roger 😘😘🎉— LIZZ1O1E (@lizzieRF20) May 21, 2019
Welcome back God of tennis— punk (@unaiwenger_) May 21, 2019
Roger!!! 😍😍😍🥰🥰🥰❤️❤️❤️— Kaori (@kaori35849) May 21, 2019
Great to see. Also means we are teaching that glorious French Wimbledon time of year— rosh (@nostrarosh) May 21, 2019
We love you Roger♥️— Phumelele Mbanda (@MbandaPhumelele) May 21, 2019
Many were also happy to see Federer back in action after his injury scare in Rome.
Federer pulled out of his Italian Open quarter-final clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas due to a leg injury on Saturday.
The 37-year-old won back-to-back matches against Joao Sousa and Borna Coric to reach the quarter-finals.
"Unfortunately, King Roger had to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury to his right leg," the tournament organisers wrote on Twitter.
"We wish him a fast recovery. Thank you for the incredible emotions."
The injury cast slight doubts over his preparations for the French Open, with only five matches on clay under his belt heading into the slam.
Following his quarter-final exit at the Australian Open, the 20-times Grand Slam champion won his 100th career singles title in Dubai and added another crown in Miami.
Federer, bidding for only the second French Open title of his career, will look to regain fitness ahead of the tournament starting in Paris on May 26.