Belinda Bencic is dreaming of reprising her Hopman Cup mixed doubles success next year at the postponed Tokyo Olympics alongside Roger Federer.
The Swiss pair won the now-defunct Hopman teams event in Perth in 2018 and 2019 before the popular three-decade-old competition was killed off by Tennis Australia and the ITF.
But pleasant memories of her all-star pairing still linger for Bencic, who hopes to team up again with her countryman.
“I’m ready, it’s just up to Roger now,” Bencic told the Aargauer Zeitung. “Nothing has been decided yet, everything is still very far away for me.
“But along with Grand Slams, the Olympic Games remain one of my big goals – in singles – and maybe also in mixed.”
Federer, who skipped the 2016 Rio Games due to injury, won the 2008 Beijing men’s doubles with compatriot Stan Wawrinka and lost the 2012 singles final in London to Andy Murray.
“If we stay healthy, I would like to compete with Roger,” Bencic, a 2019 US Open semi-finalist, added.
The COVID-postponed Tokyo Games are now scheduled for July 23 to August 8 next summer.
Main photo:- Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic win 2019 Hopman Cup