Tennis fans have taken to social media in excitement after confirmation that Roger Federer will make his competitive return later in 2022.
Federer has not played since being beaten in last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals to Hubert Hurkacz, a straight-sets defeat that culminated in a 0-6 third set.
The 20-time grand slam winner will turn 41 in August, and has barely featured on the ATP Tour in the last two years due to knee trouble that required surgery.
During that time, the Swiss maestro’s ranking has dropped to 41st in the world, however, Federer has confirmed that he will return to the court in September for the Laver Cup in London.
For his legion of fans it represents mixed news, with Federer set to play no part in any of this year’s majors.
His long-time rival Rafael Nadal, however, will return this week at the Madrid Open after taking a month out.
News of Federer’s comeback plans were announced by the organisers of the Swiss Indoors, which takes place in October.
They said: “Ten-time singles champion and hometown hero Roger Federer has announced his comeback to the stadium at St Jakobshalle. The Swiss all-time great has confirmed his initial agenda will include the Laver Cup in London followed by the Swiss Indoors in Basel.”
Responding to the announcement, Federer posted on Instagram: “Looking forward to playing back home.”
Not surprisingly, the news has left the tennis world in a frenzy on social media.