Roger Federer will turn 35 during the 2016 Olympics, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll have too much time to celebrate.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion is weighing up a triple assault in Rio – he has already signed up to partner Martina Hingis in the mixed event, and may join Stan Wawrinka in a bid to reclaim their 2008 doubles gold medal – but insists that the Games will be his last hurrah before calling time on his career.
“I’ve planned all of 2016, all the way through the Rio Olympics and beyond,” Federer Told ESPN. “I’m going to probably announce that schedule in the coming weeks. I’m looking forward to next year.”
Federer reached two Grand Slam finals in 2015, losing both to Novak Djokovic, and was the only player to beat the world No.1 more than once all season, including the finals in Dubai and Cincinnati.
The 34-year-old finished the season with six titles, the last in his home town of Basel, where he again insisted he would not announce his retirement too far ahead of time. Farewell tours, he said, are not his style.
“I hope it’s going to come gradually and that I will know when the right time is,” he said in November. “But I don’t want to think about it too much.
“If you get injured then it comes more slowly but the mind could all of a sudden go, pfft, that’s it. Who knows? If there’s a thing with family that is just so much more important than playing tennis.”
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