Once out of Wimbledon, now Roger Federer will have to define what will be the next stop on his schedule. The 39-year-old Swiss tennis player and current world number eight, acknowledged after his defeat at the hands of Pole Hubert Hurkacz that he is not clear if he will end up signing up to play the Tokyo Olympics. “As I explained before, I am going to take a couple of days and sit and think. Sorry if I’m repetitive. I said I’d wait until Wimbledon is over and it’s over. I haven’t made a decision yet on where we go from here. I hope to make an announcement sooner rather than later, of course, also for me and everyone, my family and my team,” said the winner of 20 Grand Slams. Federer explained that “his goal was always, this past year and before, to try to play another Wimbledon. I was able to do it this year, which I am very happy about. Like I said, we would sit down and talk about what comes next when the tournament is over for me. I’m going to take a few days, although tonight we’ll talk a little about it, depending on how I feel”. Already in the past, Federer has expressed his intention to return to contest an Olympic event, but he also knows that his physical condition at 39 is complicated. After a year where he barely played official matches, carrying his body could lead to another injury that could end his career. Do you think Roger Federer ends up playing the Tokyo Olympics?
Federer would like to return to the Championships
Given his age and recent tryst with injuries, many wondered in the aftermath of his brutal loss if they had seen the last of Roger Federer at Wimbledon. “I don’t know, I really don’t know (if that was the last time he played at Wimbledon),” Federer said. “I got to regroup. My goal was always, for the last year and more, to try and play another Wimbledon. The initial goal, like you know, was to play last year. That was never going to happen, plus the pandemic hit. I was able to make it this year, which I’m really happy about,” he added. “Like I said, with everything that comes after Wimbledon, we were always going to sit down and talk about it because clearly now Wimbledon is over. I got to take a few days.” Roger Federer acknowledged he would like to return to the Championships in the future, but cautioned that things can be unpredictable at his age. “Obviously we’re going to speak a little bit tonight, depending on how I feel, then the next couple of days as well,” Roger Federer went on. “Then we go from there, just see, okay what do I need to do to get in better shape so I can be more competitive.”