Tennis star Roger Federer has come up with a few new training routines during his lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Roger Federer urged athletes across the globe to train at home and shared a clip from his backyard training session. Federer was seen wearing a white t-shirt and a white hat as he volleyed against the wall. As usual, the 20-time Grand Slam winner’s control was impeccable.
Federer regularly uploads videos of him training in the snow or doing the tricks that we have all come to enjoy over the years. On Tuesday, the 20-time grand slam champion called on celebrities and fans to join in the fun by throwing out a volleying drill challenge on social media.
Federer asked athletes to post their own training routines that they have been following from home. He tagged his friends on tour, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the post.
Federer also tagged India cricket team captain Virat Kohli in his post. While Kohli is yet to respond to the challenge, Novak Djokovic was one of the earliest to accept the challenge and post his video of volleying against the wall.
Djokovic shared the video on his Instagram page and asked Federer if he was good enough.
Federer came up with a funny response: “You’ve beaten me with that volley more than a few times, I don’t think you need any tips.”
In a video posted on Twitter, Federer – wearing a panama hat – volleyed a ball repeatedly against a wall at close range, and asked others to do likewise.
“Here’s a helpful solo drill. Let’s see what you got!” the 38-year-old wrote. “Reply back with a video and I’ll provide some tips. Choose your hat wisely #tennisathome.” Many fans took up the challenge, with Federer replying to several efforts.
Among the celebrities nominated are his on-court rivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams; captain of the Indian men’s cricket team, Virat Kohli; football star Cristiano Ronaldo; former Royals Harry and Meghan; film stars Hugh Jackman, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Justin Timberlake and his companions from the charity match in Cape Town last year – Bill Gates and Trevor Noah.
However, Wimbledon 2020 was cancelled due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on the global sporting calendar with several high-profile events, including the Tokyo Olympics, either being postponed or cancelled.