Roger Federer delighted fans by posting a video on Twitter, which shows him executing some trademark trick shots against a wall in the snow.
The 20-time grand slam champion last played at the semi-finals of the Australian Open, where he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic, before undergoing keyhole surgery on his knee in February.
Federer is supposed to return to playing in time for the grass court season in June.
“Making sure I still remember how to hit trick shots,” Federer tweeted along with the video, which showed the Swiss moving around seamlessly amid snowfall.
The video – which features Federer hitting between-the-legs “tweeners” and behind-the-back shots – has already garnered over 4.6 million views and 210,000 likes.
Making sure I still remember how to hit trick shots #TennisAtHome pic.twitter.com/DKDKQTaluY
The coronavirus outbreak has been particularly harmful in Switzerland, where the death toll rose to 43 on last week. Federer posted a video message to his Instagram last week, begging his followers to stay at home and abide by the recommended social distancing requirements.
Meanwhile, Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur – who is stuck in lockdown in Spain – has also been posting trick shot videos to social media this week.
The 21-year-old’s latest clip features a failed attempt at chipping a golf ball into a plastic cup. De Minaur vents his frustration by chucking the golf club over a nearby fence, captioning the video, “Sorry neighbour”.
I’m officially retiring… due to the fact that I lost my club 🙄😅🥵 P.S sorry neighbour!!! ⛳️😭 @atptour #tennisathome #golfathome #day19 #angermanagement pic.twitter.com/OBSrf3EBHW
The tennis circuit is currently halted with the men’s ATP Tour and the WTA, which runs the women’s circuit, suspending all tournaments until June 7th after countries started locking down borders to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
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