Roger Federer spotted with Thierry Henry and Ivan Ljubicic on the Croatian island, delights the junior by complimenting his forehand
Two-time Olympic medalist Roger Federer is currently in Croatia as he continues to recover from the knee problem that forced him to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner, who turns 40 next month, has decided not to travel to Tokyo for the Olympics after his quarter-final exit at Wimbledon. The Swiss were beaten by Pole Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets at the All England Club.
Federer was recently spotted on the island of Losinj in Croatia where his trainer Ivan Ljubicic is setting up a tennis academy. Some photos from his trip have also surfaced online.
In one of the snaps, Federer was pictured in a restaurant alongside Ljubicic, French football legend Thierry Henry and their respective wives.
Federer also appeared on the social networks of Sara Kralle, a talented German junior tennis player.
Kralle posted a photo with the eight-time Wimbledon champion on his Instagram account, calling the meeting “surreal”. She also said that Federer complimented her on her forehand and advised her to have a bright future in tennis.
“WOW I’m speechless. It was surreal meeting the best tennis player of all time,” Kralle wrote on Instagram. “The man with the most unique style of play on the tennis courts … THANKS Federer, it was a pleasure meeting you, I will never forget this wonderful day.”
Roger Federer is on the list of registrants for the Open National Bank in Canada
In a statement announcing his withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics, Federer said he hopes to be back on tour for the North American hard swing.
Federer, currently ranked No. 9 in the world, is on the official list of members of the Open National Bank. The Masters 1000 event kicks off in Toronto, Canada on August 7.
It remains to be seen whether Federer will actually play in Toronto and / or the Cincinnati Masters, which will take place the following week. The US Open, which is the last Grand Slam of the season, kicks off in New York on August 30.
Federer has been limited to just five tournaments since undergoing a double operation last year. During this span, the Swiss have seen longtime rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both equal him in 20 Grand Slam singles titles – a record in men’s tennis.