Federer commits to play at Tokyo 2020

Published by Reuters

Roger Federer was a gold medallist in doubles at Beijing 2008 and a silver medallist in singles at London 2012 (Getty Images)
Swiss great Roger Federer — a silver medallist in singles at London 2012 — has confirmed he will participate in next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Roger Federer has confirmed his participation in next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo and said he’d listened to his heart before making the decision.

The Swiss 38-year-old competed in the first of four Olympic Games at Sydney in 2000 and won the doubles gold partnering Stan Wawrinka in 2008 and a silver in singles in 2012, where he fell to Andy Murray in the final staged at Wimbledon.

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He missed the Rio 2016 Olympics due to a knee injury.

“At the end of the day my heart decided I would love to play the Olympic Games again,” Federer said.

Federer will attempt to win a singles gold medal at the 24 July – 9 August Games, the only major prize that the 20-time Grand Slam champion has yet to win.

“I’ve been debating with my team for a few weeks now, months actually, what I should do in the summer after Wimbledon and before the US Open (in 2020),” added Federer, who will turn 39 during the Games.

“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.”

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