Roger Federer has the chance to become the first man to win an eighth Wimbledon title this year, but his preparation has been affected by a freak injury.
The Swiss star played an exhibition match against Lleyton Hewitt in the build-up to the championships and was seen with a bandage on his hand.
Was he hit by a racquet? Did he fall awkwardly? Is it a normal injury? - Well, no, it is not. It turns out the 32-year-old sustained the injury after stabbing himself in the hand whilst playing in the woods with his children. And what was the weapon?... A stick...
No doubt wooded areas will be the next to fall under health and safety laws in this country!
After the distressing ordeal, Federer revealed to the London Evening Standard: “You know what happened? I was playing in the woods with the girls and I stabbed a stick in my hand.”
The issue is expected to have no bearing on the 17-time major winner's attempts to win in London for the first time since 2012.
However, the former world no.1 will need to exercise more caution before attempting such hair-raising exploits with his twin daughters Myla and Charlene.
There will soon be two more youngsters that Federer will need to attend to. His wife, Mirka, gave birth to the couples' second set of twins, Leo and Lenny, before the French Open.
Regardless of the injured digits, tennis' most successful star faces a tough challenge to continue his Wimbledon domination. He will start the event, which kicks-off next week, as the fourth seed.
Furthermore, he has only one Grand Slam title to his name in the last four years and the likes of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal seem to get better every year. They have all experienced success at SW19.
Murray became the first British man to win on the grass in over 70 years in 2013 and will be seeded third. Djokovic will be the favourite as first seed after losing in last year's final. Nadal, meanwhile, who is the world's no.1, will be the second seed and already has experience of facing Federer in some amazing finals.
Federer will indeed be encouraged by his winning exploits in Halle, a warm-up to Wimbledon. It was the Swiss star's seventh win in Germany and he rewound the clock to replicate some of his best performances on-court.
Last year the seven-time champion suffered a shock in round two against lowly-rated Sergiy Stakhovsky, therefore Federer will be looking to atone for that.
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