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Watch: Roger Federer participates in training drill with daughter Myla Rose and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry

Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Rudra Biswas
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Roger Federer is currently taking some time off to rehabilitate his knee. The Swiss legend was recently spotted with his coach Ivan Ljubicic and French football legend Thierry Henry on an island in Croatia.

Now, a video of the Swiss maestro has emerged on social media where he can be seen participating in a training drill with his daughter Myla Rose and Henry.

In the video, Federer, dressed in all white, moved quickly into his shots as he alternated between forehands and backhands. Perhaps more importantly, the 39-year-old showed no signs of the knee problem he picked up during Wimbledon.

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry was next in line. The Frenchman is widely considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time, but from the video, it seems he has very little aptitude for tennis.

Henry made poor contact with the ball on almost every shot, failing to send most of them over the net. A person in the background can even be heard imploring him to "just try and hit the ball!"

Henry possesses a single-handed backhand, just like Federer.

Thierry Henry during his Arsenal days
Thierry Henry during his Arsenal days

Federer's daughter Myla Rose then replaced Henry on the court and hit her stride from the get-go, imparting great depth on her shots. The 11-year-old showcased impressive footwork, which she seems to have picked up from none other than her father.

Impressed with Myla's play, Federer could be heard praising her for her shots at the end of the video.

When will Roger Federer return to action?

Roger Federer decided not to travel to Tokyo for the Olympic Games after his quarterfinal exit at Wimbledon, where he aggravated his knee.

The Swiss is on the entry list for the National Bank Open, which is set to get underway in Toronto on 7 August. The final Grand Slam of the season, the US Open, is scheduled to begin on 30 August.

Federer stated earlier this month that he hopes to make it back in time for the North American hardcourt swing, but that depends on how quickly he recovers. The 39-year-old had missed more than a year of action after undergoing double knee surgery in 2020.

Edited by Arvind Sriram
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