Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer is back where he belongs- the tennis court. He is currently in Vancouver, for this year’s Laver Cup. The tournament is sure to be a memorable one, as usual. However, Roger sent his fans into a frenzy by playing one of his most iconic shots on the court.
Co-founded by Federer himself, the Laver Cup is only in its sixth year. The event holds a special place in Roger’s heart, as he played the last match of his career at this tournament.
Now that he is back in Vancouver, Federer was spotted holding a racket once again. He played his legendary slice backhand, as a few kids looked on in awe.
Roger Federer hitting his legendary slice backhand at Laver Cup.
Arguably the cleanest slice tennis has ever seen.
He hasn’t lost a step. 🇨🇭
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) September 21, 2023
Roger Federer was a skillful player, with an extensive repertoire of shots. His forehand was iconic, but his backhanded slice was equally deadly. He would play it low and fast, and across the court, much to the frustration of his opponent.
Since the clip of Federer’s backhand slice surfaced on social media, fans are euphoric. The general consensus amongst fans is that Roger should come out of retirement. One fan even had a special request for him, “Please play one doubles.”
Please play one doubles, Roger 🥲🥲
— Mayank Sharma (@mayanksh19) September 21, 2023
The Laver Cup will be held from September 22nd to 24th. Federer expressed concern about several stars missing the tournament recently. But despite the absence of big names, it is sure to be a glittering affair.
Roger Federer has a unique desire
Federer’s last outing at the tournament was memorable, as he teamed up with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. It was also the last ever match of his long and illustrious career, but it ended in defeat. Nevertheless, Roger has also helped Team Europe defeat Team World thrice in the past. This time though, Federer expressed an interest to captain the side.
He added that there are no plans as of now, and he is not in a hurry to replace Bjorn Borg either. However he stated that he is quite active in the tennis sphere, so it is not out of the realm of possibility.
Roger Federer says he might be a Laver Cup team captain one day:
“I like being in the tennis sphere. Maybe one day, I’ll be the Captain of the team. There’s no plans as of now, but I think that could be quite nice.” ❤️
(via Laver Cup) pic.twitter.com/KP7m3ape6r
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) September 20, 2023
“I like being in the tennis sphere. Maybe one day I’ll be the captain of the team. There’s no plans as of now, but I think that could be quite nice,” said Federer (via ESPN).
Roger Federer is one of the biggest icons of the sport. His influence transcends the tennis courts, still inspiring children to pick up a tennis racket.