It seems that tennis star Roger Federer has not given up hope in being able to play in the upcoming French Open. Recently, rumors have been swirling around that the 34-year-old may miss the tournament because of problems involving his back. On Wednesday, however, Federer turned up looking like he’s determined to prove everyone wrong.
The Swiss tennis player showed up for a practice session at the No. 1 Court at Roland Garros on Wednesday with his coach, Ivan Ljubicic, appearing in the players’ lounge at the Philippe Chatrier Court around mid-day.
The goal, it seemed, was for the “Maestro” to gradually ease his way into the Paris campaign this year. This is important, as an injury in his back has recently forced him to withdraw from the Madrid Masters two weeks ago. Last week, he also struggled and lost to Dominic Thiem at the Rome Masters. Hence, gradual is good for Federer right now.
According to a report from Roland Garros, the 34-year-old Swiss played at the No. 1 court with “Ljubi.” Throughout the entire practice session, Federer’s team kept a close eye on him. Federer only ended up playing for 20 minutes that day as it began to rain. Afterwards, the track simply became too slippery, so he decided to stop.
With regards to the likelihood that he will be playing again soon, Federer revealed that he is being cautious about his chances while waiting to see how he will fare with practice. According to Tennis, the Swiss player said last week, “I see my chances as not great to have the most unbelievable run, but if maybe in three, four days I can practice 100 percent for next week, then I believe that something is possible again.”
Today, Federer holds a record for 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.
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