It’s always a pleasure to see Roger Federer playing tennis. Obviously, the slap received by the Swiss in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon at the beginning of July (6/3, 7/6, 6/0 defeat against the Polish Hubert Hurkacz) somewhat slowed down the dreams of titles at the highest level that many thought. possible despite two knee operations in the past eighteen months. Despite everything, he still made a quarterfinal in a grand slam at almost 40 years old (he will have them on August 8), it’s not so bad. He will not be able to repeat this performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games since he forfeited due to pain in his operated knee. This is not good news for Roger Federer and his fans. But the latest images of the Swiss hitting the ball in Croatia will perhaps reassure them.
Roger Federer was on Tuesday July 20 at Ljubičić’s Academy located on the island of Lošinj, Croatia, the country of origin of his coach since the end of 2016 Ivan Ljubičić. The tennis star had come to meet young tennis players who can play on hard and clay courts. It is precisely on this surface that Roger Federer hit the ball a little. Not in heavy training conditions but in a quiet way, with cap and sunglasses. And surprise, the almost quadra was accompanied by Thierry Henry. We knew that the two athletes had met during their famous Gillette ads a few years ago, but we didn’t expect them to hit the ball together. Well, not quite “together”…
After a few forehand and backhand strikes, gradually advancing towards the net, Roger Federer gives way to Thierry Henry… who does not seem to know how to get to the same level as the Swiss. “What do you want me to do after that? ”(“ What do you want me to do after that? ”), He asks people on the court (not seen in the video), referring to the few good shots sent by Federer. “Try to keep the ball”, they answer him. Understand, “try to keep the ball in the court”. Well, he doesn’t necessarily manage it very well every time, but the gestures are rather fluid and Thierry Henry’s level in tennis must be not bad.