Roger Federer has sent tennis fans into a frenzy after posting a video on social media of him moving freely on the practice court ahead of his long-awaited return.
The 41-year-old hasn't played since his loss in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2021.
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Soon after he underwent a third round of knee surgery and has slowly been working his way back to full fitness in order to make a comeback to the ATP tour.
He has committed to playing for Team Europe at the Laver Cup in September before a return to the ATP tour in Basel, Switzerland in October.
On Sunday the 20-time grand slam champion had fans in a frenzy after posting a video of himself on the practice court.
The short video shows Federer hitting a number of shots and moving freely on the troublesome knee that required surgery.
Needless to say, the video had fans eagerly anticipating his return to competitive tennis.
Federer will team up with Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray when Team Europe battles Team World in the fifth edition of the Laver Cup from September 23-25.
Federer also announced last week that he would take part in a charity event alongside the Duchess of Cambridge in the lead-up to the Laver Cup.
The 2022 edition of the event will mark the first time that all of tennis' 'Big 4' will be on the same team.
"It's the only competition where you can play in a team environment with guys that you're normally competing against and to be joining Rafa, Roger and Andy - three of my biggest all-time rivals," Djokovic said last month.
"It's going to be a truly unique moment in the history of our sport."
— Simon Häring (@_shaering) August 21, 2022
The best thing you will see today: Roger Federer hitting balls on a tennis court, getting ready for his comeback!!! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/nTH6U2JZY0
— Luigi Gatto (@gigicat7_) August 21, 2022
Federer is class! I wanna see him back so bad but I think he might be better if he retired
— Ghadi (@ghadanrahl) August 21, 2022
The last dance ?
— RodrigoFlores (@RodrigoMza20) August 21, 2022
Just 🐐 things
— Apisith (@ApisithS) August 21, 2022
Federer getting ready to save Tennis again 😎 https://t.co/QzSWqcXWuh
— Leonard Hofstadter (@lenh0ff) August 21, 2022
— Anna (@AnnaLi94497532) August 21, 2022
Roger Federer to return to ATP tour in Basel
Following the Laver Cup, Federer will make his return to ATP level at his home event in Basel from October 24.
Federer is a 10-time champion in Basel and holds a remarkable 75-9 record at the event.
Some have suggested that Federer will announce his retirement in front of his home crowd, however he suggested at Wimbledon earlier this year that he's eyeing off one final bow at the grass-court grand slam in 2023.
“I hope I can come back one more time. I’ve missed it here," he said.
"Of course I've missed being here. I would have loved to be here. I knew walking out here last year, it was going to be a tough year ahead.
"Maybe didn't think it was going to take me this long to come back. But the knee has been rough on me.
"I didn't know if I should make the trip, but I'm happy standing right here, right now."
Federer took part in a parade of past champions to mark the 100th anniversary of centre court at the All England Club.
"Just tried to be successful here and represent the sport well. I hope I did that and I hope I can come back ... one more time," he said.
"I've been lucky enough to play a lot of matches on this court. Feels awkward to be here today in a different type of role.
"But it's great to be here with ... all the other champions. This court has given me my biggest wins, my biggest losses."
It marked the first time since 1999 that Federer didn't play at Wimbledon.
He has since been left without an official ATP ranking because he hasn't played in over a year.
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