Roger Federer makes his return to competition this week in Stuttgart. (AP)

Roger Federer, who’s returning to competition this week in Stuttgart, asked a simple question:

Well it turns out, Mr. Federer, you missed A LOT. Here’s what went down in the tennis world between Miami in March and now. 

• Another Clay-Court Season Has Come and Gone

From the U.S. to Paris and everywhere in between, your pros on both tours were slipping and sliding around, chasing trophies, cash and computer points. Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem stood out, of course, but there was a bit of a surprise on the WTA as two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova made clay-court tennis look easy for a spell.

• A Return to No. 1

That was easy: You didn’t even have to hit a ball! After Nadal lost to Thiem in Madrid, you had yet another stint atop the rankings. Nadal would wrestle it back, but he's only ahead by 100 points. 

• Zverev Broke Through

After winning two titles on the dirt, Alexander Zverev snapped his slump at the Slams to reach his first major quarterfinal in Paris. Maybe some of your advice is sinking in.

• Serena’s Back

Yes, the fellow GOAT you voiced your opinions on returned to Grand Slam play at Roland Garros, making a solid run to the fourth round before an injury stopped her. 

• Presenting Your French Open Champions

You probably figured Nadal was going to come through for the eleventh time at Roland Garros, but did you expect Simona Halep to pocket her first major over Sloane Stephens in the final?

From a sartorial standpoint, it was a good championship weekend for players wearing Nike as three of the four singles finalists represented the swoosh. Speaking of…

• What’s the Latest With Your Duds?

Uniqlo? Nike? The world waits to see what the final decision will be.

Anyway, hope that catches you up: Welcome back. Your family will miss you being around so much, right?


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