WATCH: Roger Federer Reintroduces Volley Challenge at Qatar Open 2021

Published 03/10/2021, 6:00 AM 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 excitement of tennis fans is out of bounds as Roger Federer makes his comeback at Qatar Open 2021. However, before his first match, the Swiss maestro has already surprised the fans.

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Before, the 20-time Grand Slam champion did not play any tennis last year. But, consequently, he did launch a tennis challenge to stay active during the lockdown.

Moreover, big players and fans took part in that challenge, called Volley or Roger Federer Challenge. It was an instant hit on social media platforms.

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Now, as the 39-year-old returns to his beloved sport, he has returned with his favorite tennis challenge. Last year, he aced it with a cap, this time, he is sporting a mask.

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Roger Federer is the tennis maestro but also a legend in ball control. While it is a valuable skill for a professional tennis player, he is still the best even after two decades.

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against David Goffin of Belgium on day six of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Furthermore, his volley challenge mastery is a testament to his ball control. But could he ace the challenge this time around?

The challenge is simple; a player has to play tennis with a wall or an immovable object. This way, players can maintain a safe distance and keep the blood warm in the body.

Firstly, Roger greeted everyone watching the video and recalled him doing the same challenge last summer. He also confessed that he has not done the challenge after that day but hoped to do it.

Will he or will he not? Let us find out.

Federer proved that he is still the best and even examined the wall during the ball hitting. And not to mention the beautiful save in the end.

The three-time Doha winner asked people to help him out and take part in the Volley Challenge. He will play his first match after 13 months on 10th March 2021.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand during his Men’s Singles match against Tennys Sandgren of the USA on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Roger Federer will play against Dan Evans at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. The British No. 1 defeated Jeremy Chardy in three sets to book a place in front of the Swiss maestro.

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Even though the Basel-born has low expectations from the tournament, he would hope to win the opening match. Moreover, he plans to prepare for the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

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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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