Roger Federer says he plans to play at 2020 Tokyo Olympics


"Every Olympic Games has been very, very special to me", he said, adding that he figured he may as well make the announcement "while I was actually in the city where the Olympics will take place".

However, International Tennis Federation chief David Haggerty has made clear in the past that exceptions can be made by the International Oympics Committee (IOC) and it's unlikely anyone would stand in the way of the 20-time Grand Slam champion taking part.

'I've been debating with my team for a few weeks now or a month, what I should do in the summertime after Wimbledon in terms of also before the US Open and at the end of the day my heart decided I would love to play the Olympic Games again, ' said Federer after playing an exhibition against John Isner in Tokyo on Monday.

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Federer, who missed Rio 2016 through injury, did win a gold medal at Beijing 2008 in the men's doubles alongside Stan Wawrinka. The unseeded 19-year-old reached the semifinals.

"I hope I will be healthy because in Rio I wasn't and that hurt".

Federer will need a wildcard to be eligible to play as he has not competed in the Davis Cup for Switzerland in this Olympic cycle.

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Roger Federer has announced he will compete at next year's Tokyo Olympics in a bid to claim the men's singles gold medal, the only major prize he has yet to win. At Athens 2004, he lost in the second round and at Bejing 2008, he lost in the quarterfinals.

The 20-time major victor said he was disappointed to skip the Rio Olympics because of a knee injury that sidelined him for the rest of the year at Wimbledon in 2016.

Federer said the biggest driver was the decision of his wife Mirka and four children to join him in Japan for the Games next summer. This happened when the current third-ranked tennis star has recently shared the news with his fans that he will be participating in next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo. That bodes well for Tokyo, which will be played on the "DecoTurf" that is used at the U.S. Open, per NBC Sports. The top 56 players in the ATP singles rankings will qualify as long as they are in the top four within their own country.

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