'Better days ahead': Fans erupt over Roger Federer's 'pre-Mirka' photo
For anyone struggling while stuck at home and unable to get out of the house, Roger Federer is here for you.
The tennis legend has sent his legion of fans into a frenzy with a motivational photo assuring everyone there are ‘better days ahead’.
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With the pro tennis tours currently suspended as the world battles to stop the spread of coronavirus, Federer has been very active on social media.
And he may produced his finest online work on Saturday when he posted a hilarious throwback photo from his teens.
Wearing an oversized suit and ugly neck tie, a 17-year-old Federer can be seen sporting some incredible frosted tips on his flowing locks.
“Reminding everyone there are better days ahead,” Federer wrote, adding the hashtags #weekend #vibes #premirka #teen #wearingmyfirsttie
The photo sent his fans into a frenzy, with nearly 800,000 likes as of Monday morning.
Luckily for Federer and the rest of the tennis world, wife Mirka set him on the right path when they met at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
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Federer has been delighting sport-starved fans on social media for weeks.
On Sunday he vowed to reply to tweets from fans using only GIFs, producing some brilliant results.
However things went a little awry last week when he snubbed wife Mirka when asked which tennis player he’d bring out of retirement.
After listing reasons as to why he’d love to see the likes of Andre Agassi, Stefi Graf and Marat Safin back in action, he offered a very unconvincing reply when one fan suggested Mirka.
Federer simply posted a GIF of what appears to be a shifty-eyed Mickey Mouse, suggesting a doubles reunion with the mother of his kids isn't his favourite idea.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 16, 2020
Federer joins Djokovic and Nadal in financial pledge
Meanwhile, struggling professional tennis players affected by the game's shutdown could be the beneficiary of an illustrious plan being hatched by the 'Big Three'.
Novak Djokovic has been in touch with fellow ATP Player Council members Federer and Rafa Nadal to discuss ways to assist lower-ranked players facing financial struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.
And that may involve prizemoney from the ATP Finals and the Australian Open going towards a special relief fund.
Answering a fan's question during his Instagram live chat with Stan Wawrinka, Player Council chief Djokovic said steps would be taken to ensure that only those players who are most deserving will benefit from any relief plans.
"I spoke to Roger and Rafa a few days ago and we had a conversation about the near future of tennis. How we can contribute to help lower ranked guys who are obviously struggling the most, the world No.1 said.
"A majority of players ranked between 250 to 700 or 1,000 don't have federation support or sponsors and are independent and left alone."