The world number three Roger Federer has confirmed he will play at the next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has won almost every prestigious tennis tournament in the world, but he is still missing a singles gold medal at the Olympics. He did win gold in Beijing in 2008 in doubles with Stan Wawrinka, but he has only managed to win silver in the singles category in London seven years ago.
Federer missed Rio Olympics due to an injury, and many felt that it was his last chance to win an Olympic medal. However, the ageing Swiss is still resisting Father Time and is willing to play next year in Tokyo when he will be 39 years old. If he avoids a major injury and matches his level of tennis from this year, Federer will definitely be one of the favourites to win a gold medal.
I carried the flag twice for Switzerland in Athens and Beijing, I’ve got a gold and a silver, and I would love to play again, so I’m very excited, said Federer after a charity match in Tokyo where he played against John Isner.
Of course, winning gold will be all but an easy task. Novak Djoković and Rafael Nadal are still on top of their games and have won the last seven Grand Slam tournaments. Also, the younger generation of players led by Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Sascha Zverev, and others will have their say as well.
Tennis at the Tokyo Olympics will be played on hard surfaces from July 25th to August 2nd. The men’s singles tournament will consist of 64 players.