After the postponement caused by the global pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics that will take place this summer are of even greater value (especially for some players). Roger Federer has repeatedly stated that the Games are at the top of his list of goals, having been unable to take part in the Rio de Janeiro event in 2016 due to some physical problems. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not yet won the gold medal in singles, but he had to settle for silver in London and gold in doubles in Beijing 2008 with his friend Stan Wawrinka. For this reason, the Swiss phenomenon has decided to focus all his preparation in view of the summer events (including Wimbledon and the US Open in the lot). Tokyo will also be a very important stage for Serena Williams, at the last stages of her extraordinary career. To keep an eye on Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who have already shown their excitement when they are called to represent their respective nations. On the sidelines of the promotion of the ‘Tennis Premier League’, Indian tennis legend Leander Paes expressed some thoughts on this year’s Olympics.
Leander Paes on the Big 3
“I am aware of the French Open, the Wimbledon and also the Olympics. The three big ones in the near future and that’s what I will be focusing on,” Leander Paes said. “I have always been a patriot and believe that the only best players should represent the country,” the 47-year-old said while referring to the Olympics. In December 2019, Paes had said that 2020 would be his final year in the professional circuit but COVID-19 pandemic struck the world. “By the end of 2019, I was jaded and tired from all the travelling and playing at the highest level. The enforced lockdown helped me spend quality time with my dad, my mom, my daughter and I was rejuvenated,” said Paes. Paes also said that he won’t be surprised if Rafael Nadal betters Roger Federer’s all time Grand Slam title record by winning the French Open, but he was quick to add that “my champion Novak Djokovic would better all records.” Another tennis week rolled in and another milestone achieved for Roger Federer. In a long career, the Swiss master has shown that his longevity with several high-profile records and milestones. One important one was achieved recently, emphasizing his place in the rankings and how he has maintained it. Federer has been inside the top 100 since late 1999. In the past 21 years, Federer has never left the top 100 with his lowest ranking being 93rd. Furthermore, Federer has been in the top 50 since June 2000.