Tennis - Roger Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was back on Rod Laver Arena on Monday to practice ahead of next week's Australian Open. The Australian Open twitter account tweeted a clip of the Swiss superstar practicing at Melbourne Park with the caption "Quiet, please, Roger Federer at work in Melbourne"
38 year old Federer has not played any warm-up events this year ahead of the first Grand Slam tournament of the season and chose to come early to Melbourne in order to get used to the conditions there. Federer will be chasing his 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne - he already holds the record for most Grand Slams won by any male player in tennis history but Rafael Nadal, who has 19 Slams, will have a chance to equal Federer in Melbourne.
He will also take part in the exhibition event AO Rally for Relief that is being held on Wednesday January 15th in which several of the game's superstars will be participating. Federer will be joined by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Caroline Wozniacki.
The event is expected to raise funds for the victims of the bushfire crisis in Australia where more than 25 people and an estimated one billion animals have died. Several players have already made personal contributions and donations to the crisis.