Not content with playing, and no doubt medalling, in the past two separate summer games – Beijing 2008 and London 2012 – world number one Roger Federer also has his heart set on competing at the Rio 2016 Games.
Delivering the news that will no doubt have his rivals up in arms, Federer (who turns 31 next week) believes that his fitness, skills and on-court form will see him continue to compete at the very highest levels for the next four years – “The mind, the body, there are so many moving parts, but everything is really good…so I don’t think it’s impossible that I could be around for Rio.”
Although many of Federer’s contemporaries are beginning to look at scaling down their careers when they reach their thirties, it seems as though the record-breaking Grand Slam champion’s recent return to the top spot has banished all thought of retirement from his mind. When asked if this year’s Wimbledon would be his last, the world’s greatest tennis player simply said “There’s absolutely no plans for me to retire…I have plans for next year and beyond.”
After his stunning victory at Wimbledon this year odds are on Federer to take the gold medal in the London Olympics tennis tournament, however he faces Alejandro Falla in the first round who looks set to repeat the tricky opener he gave the Swiss ace in Wimbledon two years ago. “I’ve got my work cut out to get through a tricky draw” he admitted, but there must be some relief in knowing that reigning gold medallist and long-time rival Rafael Nadal won’t be one of them!