Roger Federer has confirmed his goal of an Olympic appearance next summer in Tokyo, with the Swiss icon telling Japanese television of his Games masterplan.
“The big plan is to be there for the Olympics – this is the big one,” the 20-time Grand Slam champion said.
“It’s not a bad thing that the Olympics were moved to next year due to the pandemic. It was a big shock for all of us when Wimbledon was cancelled (due to COVID) followed by Tokyo.”
Federer finished runner-up to Andy Murray in the 2012 London gold medal match and won Games doubles gold four years earlier in Beijing with Stan Wawrinka.
The 39-year-old made his Olympic debut in Sydney 2000, where he got to know now-wife Mirka, at the time a Swiss player.
“One of my plans for this 2021 is to be able to play the Olympic Games. It is undoubtedly one of my great goals this season.
“I look forward to that. day. Mirka really likes the country and its culture, and my children talk about Japan many times.
“I am very surprised to see how my family loved this country,” added the 2006 champion at the Tokyo ATP event.