“Something New for Him”: Tennis Legend Keen to See How Roger Federer Copes Without Crowd

Published 11/24/2020, 7:51 AM EST

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Being the only player to win Wimbledon eight times, Roger Federer is eager to get back to what he does best. Unfortunately, the season came to an end for him after the Australian Open this year.

Sadly, the Swiss had to undergo another surgery on his knee. Recently, Federer stepped on the court to have his first hit in over 10 months.

From the last time he stepped on the court, there have been a number of changes that have taken place both on the court and off it. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wimbledon was canceled. The French Open was also postponed and took place after the US Open this year. Many events on the ATP calendar were canceled.


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However, tennis has resumed with some much-needed guidelines. With rules such as stadiums without spectators, it’s going to be worth watching how Roger copes with it.

Highlighting this aspect, tennis great Daniela Hantuchova said, “It’s going to be interesting to see how Roger reacts to that. It’s going to be something new for him, even though Australia maybe will be played with a crowd – I don’t know, we’ll see.”

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Novak and Rafa have already played a decent number of events where there haven’t been any crowds. The level of tennis that they possess remained unaffected. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the three of them compete together.

Emphasizing the importance of watching the three greatest tennis players ever, she further added, “I think everyone wants to see all three guys playing in tournaments for as long as they can because this generation has been so special and we’ve been so blessed to be a part of it in any way, whether that’s spectators, the fans, players.”


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Roger Federer leads by example

Federer has carried the sport for close to two decades now. His flawless style of play is what makes him even more special.

Even at the age of 39, he still remains one of the greatest and most successful sporting personalities. Although Roger has not played much tennis this season, he topped the list of the highest-paid athletes in the world, surpassing the likes of Messi and Ronaldo.


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The 20-time Grand Slam holder is preparing himself for the Australian Open beginning in January next year. With it not being too far away, the tennis world is certainly in for a treat once things resume down under.


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Rohan Kollare


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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.
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