20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has confirmed that he will be chasing after Olympic glory once again in less than 12 months time.
The former world No.1 announced his intention to play at the Tokyo Games on Monday shortly after his exhibition match with John Isner in the country. It will be his fifth appearance in the Olympics and his first since 2012. Federer had previously won a gold medal in the doubles alongside Stan Wawrinka back in 2008. Four years later he won his second medal in London after finishing runner-up to Andy Murray. He is the only Swiss tennis player in history to have won multiple Olympic medals.
“At the end of the day, my heart decided I would love to play the Olympic Games again,” Federer told reporters.
“I’ve been debating with my team for a few weeks now, months actually, what I should do in the summer time (of 2020) after Wimbledon and before the US Open. 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.”
During his illustrious career, which features 103 ATP titles, the 38-year-old is yet to claim the Olympic title in Singles. It is one of the few events where Federer hasn’t triumphed at least once. Other notable tournaments include the Monte Carlo Masters and Italian Open.
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