Tennis News: Will Roger Federer play in 2016 Rio Olympics?

Tennis News: Will Roger Federer play in 2016 Rio Olympics?

The 34-year-old veteran Swiss Tennis player Roger Federer will play in the Rio Olympics, set to take place this coming August, 2016. This will be his fourth straight Olympic appearance since 2004 Athens Olympics.

Federer is aiming for the prestigious gold medal this year after his loss to Andy Murray in the 2012 London Olympics. Despite injuries to his knee and back that narrowed down his almost impeccable style, techniques, strategies and his consistent durability in playing, he will reportedly take this competition seriously.

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“The Olympics for me is very unique. It’s about representing Switzerland, making Switzerland proud.” Federer said, as reported by

He will join the 109 delegates of Switzerland who will compete in the prestigious event.

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Aside from aiming a gold medal in men’s single category, Federer is also aiming for two more medals for his country. He will also compete in the tournament’s men’s and mixed doubles competition. Stan Wawrinka and Martina Hingis will be his partners respectively.

Federer and Wawrinka won the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

As part of his preparation for the Rio Olympics, Federer withdrew from this year’s Rogers Cup in Toronto Canada, mainly because he wants to heal after his stint in Wimbledon. It has to be noted that Roger did win this competition twice before and played in the finals thrice.

“Toronto is one of my favorite events on the calendar and I am disappointed that I won’t be able to compete in front of the great tennis fans in Canada,” Federer announced on his Facebook page Tuesday. He added, “Looking ahead, it is best for me that I take more time after Wimbledon. I look forward to coming back to Canada next year and I wish Karl Hale and everyone at Tennis Canada a very successful tournament.”

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Roger Federer will have to compete against world class tennis players like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Nadal and Murray also withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

The 34-year-old plans to start his 2017 campaign with a return to the Hopman Cup.

Federer is current ranked number three in the world behind Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic who ranks second and first respectively.

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