“Cant’ Wait, Roger!”: Venus Williams Excited as Roger Federer Begins His Comeback Countdown

Published 02/26/2021, 9:02 PM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures to the spectators before hitting signed tennis balls into the stands during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


The interminable wait is over. Finally, Roger Federer is ready to come back after a thirteen-month long break from tennis. He will play at the Qatar Open 2021 starting 8th March.

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Unquestionably, the excitement to see him on a tennis court is to the nth degree for every tennis fan. However, now the days are numbered as the Swiss maestro himself begins the countdown.

It was last year, on 30th January, that Roger Federer lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the Australian Open. After that, he underwent two knee surgeries and never returned to the court.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 30: Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Thus, more than the excitement, it will be a relief to watch him play again. And understandably, many dignitaries of the tennis world also can’t wait to see the 20-time Grand Slam champion return.

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Venus Williams cannot wait to see Roger Federer in Doha

The five-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams, is one of the many eagerly awaiting Federer’s comeback. They both have dominated the sport for over two decades now and are still going strong.

So, when Federer started the one-week-to-go countdown on Twitter, she readily responded to it. Venus wrote, “Can’t wait, Roger!”

For both Venus and Roger, the journey of tennis began in the 90s. As they moved ahead in time, their love and passion for the sport only grew and made others fall in love with tennis too.

Moreover, as athletes of the same sport, they respect and support one another without any barriers. Hence, it is delightful to see the elder Williams standing behind Federer.

Other than the four-time Olympic Gold winner, the US Open Twitter also said the same. Federer’s racket sponsor, Wilson, posted claps emoticons on the tweet.

What challenges can Federer face in Doha?

First and foremost, Federer has not played tennis in the last 13 months, so he’s never played under quarantine conditions. It might be a factor playing against him in Doha.

Apart from that, the Swiss maestro’s biggest challenger in Qatar Open 2021 will be the top seed, Dominic Thiem. The Austrian ace is leading their head-to-head battle count at 5-2.

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Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates his 7-5 7-5 over Roger Federer of Switzerland during Day one of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 10, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Most importantly, Federer’s fitness level can either turn out to be his strength or weakness. However, the ample amount of time spent specifically on recovery rules that worry out.

Above all, the illuminating presence of Roger Federer will once again grace the tennis courts. Hopefully, we will see him throughout the 2021 season. Welcome back, Roger!

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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