The familiar-looking gentleman in the square on the screen said he was eager to get back at it.
“I feel like there’s still something left,” the 39-year-old Federer said.
This was what tennis wanted—needed—to hear. This week, Federer will play an ATP tournament in Doha, Qatar, his first competitive action in more than a year. Over the past 13 months, Federer has endured a knee surgery, watched the planet sink into a pandemic, endured a second surgery on the same knee, and watched a ton of tennis played without him on TV.
“I watched quite a lot, actually,” he said. “I’m not just spending hours and hours in front of the TV watching all the matches, but a lot of highlights, and making sure I stay up to speed…I want to know what’s going on.”