Roger Federer and Andy Murray have joined Novak Djokovic in stating their intention to play the Tokyo Olympics this year.
The Olympics have been postponed to this summer after the coronavirus pandemic meant it was impossible to stage them in 2020, and the men’s singles tennis is already shaping up to be a star-studded affair.
This week, world number one Djokovic said it was a big priority for him this year, and now two former top dogs have stated their intentions too.
“Participation in the Olympics is part of my plan although my main goal was everything from today until Wimbledon, the tournament that precedes the Olympics,” Federer told beIN Sports.
“I hope that I will be fully in (shape) by then and that questions about my knee will stop.
“The Olympics is a major goal for me… Unfortunately, I missed the Rio Olympics (in 2016) because of a left knee injury. I hope I will return to the Tokyo Olympics.”
Andy Murray is the reason Federer currently has a silver medal rather than a gold, with the Brit winning the London 2012 Final between the two.
And, if Federer is to win gold in Tokyo this year, he may have to go through Murray again.
“This year, my main focus is the Olympics,” Murray said.
“I’m very proud of my gold medals, so it would be great to get the opportunity to defend those.
“I’m training hard to be in Tokyo for whatever format the Games ends up taking.”
Kei Nishikori is also very keen to play given he can represent a home nation, while Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal have also previously gone public saying they hope to be involved.
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