Report Federer hopes Woods returns to golf


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Roger Federer believes the worst isover forhis “good friend” Tiger Woods and hopes to see him back on the golf course,local reports said Monday.

“Tiger is a good friend of mine,” Federer told the English languagedailyThe Gulf News. “What’s happened to him has been hard to watch over thelastthree months, right down to when he made his apology. I am sure he’sheaded in abetter direction now. The worst has passed.”

On Friday, a somber and composed Woods made his firstpublic appearancesince he crashed his car into a tree outside his family home threemonths ago,setting off shocking allegations of rampant extramarital relationships.

He admitted he cheated on his wife, said he was “deeply sorry,” butdidnot say when he will play golf again.

Federer was in the Gulf city-state to play in the DubaiChampionships. Thetop-ranked tennis star, a four-time winner in Dubai, pulled out of the$2million tournament Sunday because of a lung infection.

Federer said hoped to return at Indian Wells on March 11, but made nopromises.

He did say he’d like to see Woods back playing golf soon.

“It’s been hard to watch from far away, but I would love to see himback onthe golf course,” Federer was quoted as saying. “It’s what he doesbest.”