Roger Federer has sent the tennis world into a spin after posting a photo of himself back at training ahead of his long awaited return to tennis.
Federer has been out of the ATP Tour since the Australian Open 2020 after taking a break during the coronavirus pandemic due to an injured knee.
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The 20-time Grand Slam champ said his surgically-repaired knee still wasn’t ready for the 2021 Australian Open, however it later emerged that the Swiss superstar was also unwilling to put his family through 14 days of quarantine.
Fans were disappointed he was missing from Melbourne Park, but the 39-year-old has just teased his return to the game after announcing he would take part in Qatar Open.
Federer posted a rare photo of himself on a tennis court, alluding to his return.
He wrote: "The countdown to Doha begins."
Fans were rightfully excited after seeing Federer's post.
Federer is set to return at the Qatar Open in just under a week after more than a year off the ATP Tour.
Federer's return comes just after Novak Djokovic claimed his 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open, to edge one step closer in the title race.
Federer still making headlines
Despite being missing from Melbourne Park in 2021, Federer is still made his presence felt during the Australian Open .
The 39-year-old took to Twitter on Monday to congratulate Tom Brady after the NFL legend led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl title at age 43.
Brady was named MVP after capturing his seventh Super Bowl ring (six with New England and one with Tampa Bay), more than any other franchise has in total.
Posting a photo of himself with Brady and another alongside Brady’s wife Giselle Bundchen holding up a peace sign, Federer wrote: “Giselle 2 plus 5 equals 7.
“What an inspiring achievement Tom Brady. Age is just a number.”
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