Former players react to Roger Federer's latest hitting session

Mardy Fish and Brad Gilbert reacted to Federer's hitting session video
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Roger Federer is gone from the daily grind of the ATP Tour, but he is not forgotten by tennis fans. Recently, Federer was caught on video hitting against a wall, and it sparked comments from other former players such as Mardy Fish and Brad Gilbert.

Mardy Fish, known for his deadpan humor, said "Terrible footwork. This old man is clueless about the game of tennis." Brad Gilbert said it was "tremendous seeing Fed play on the wall" and noted that he occasionally hits the wall himself. Hitting the wall is a fundamental way to practice, and all tennis players regardless of age and experience can identify with the experience.

It is comforting to see Federer still pick up a racquet when he is not globetrotting the world and living his best retirement life. The one-handed backhand that looks so elegant and is becoming nearly extinct among top players on the ATP Tour is always a pleasure to watch. Federer still has his fingers on the pulse of the ATP and WTA tennis tours.

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Current stars and rapidly rising stars are wearing the On brand on tour. Iga Swiatek, World No. 1 is the most successful of the group. America's rising star Ben Shelton is also wearing it. Perhaps the most surprising player wearing On is Joao Fonseca, the Brazilian 17-year-old, who officially introduced himself at the 2024 Rio Open by defeating Arthur Fils and Cristian Gardin.

Fonseca may be the greatest On brand ambassador this week. After his loss to Jordan Thompson, he was spotted signing autographs and one zealous fan snagged his hot pink On baseball cap. Fonseca laughed it off when the fan tried to give it back and let him keep it as a souvenir.

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