“Is It Being Done or Is It Not?”: Roger Federer Demands Clarity From Tokyo Olympics 2021 Organizers

Published 05/15/2021, 1:18 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 03: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his 4-6, 7-6, 19-17 win over Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the Semifinal of Men’s Singles Tennis on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wimbledon on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will soon step on clay at the Geneva Open 2021. It is a part of his preparations for the upcoming French Open. Moreover, the next two to three months will bring events the Swiss maestro cannot miss.

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Most importantly, the 39-year-old awaits winning the Olympic Gold medal in the singles tournament for Switzerland even today. But given the pandemic scare, his participation this year was not an easy decision.

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Roger Federer on Tokyo Olympics 2021

Before stepping onto his first match on clay and his second tournament of the year, Roger Federer talked about the Olympics this year. Notably, his wait for the Gold started at Sydney Olympics 2000 and continues even after two decades.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts against Andy Murray of Great Britain during the Men’s Singles Tennis Gold Medal Match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Federer came the closest to the medal at the London Olympics 2012, where he finished runner-up to arch-rival Andy Murray. Despite winning every individual accolade in tennis, he wants to win his biggest match for his country.

“Winning a medal for Switzerland would make me so proud,” Federer said. However, he added that the organizers must clarify the event’s commencement. “The athletes need a decision; is it being done or is it not?” (All quotes are translated from French to English via Google Translate).

Furthermore, the 2008 Olympic Gold medal winner in doubles revealed that his decision has had been tough on the family. As per the guidelines, there is a restriction on family members of athletes of traveling nations in the Tokyo Olympics.

“In any case, it will test the situation a bit with me at home,” Federer said. “I talked a lot about that with Mirka, ‘before adding,’ now the comeback is the priority.”

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Federer’s comeback in 2021

The Swiss maestro is ready to undertake his clay-court comeback after almost two years. He will face the winner between Jordon Thompson and Pablo Andujar in ATP 250 Geneva Open second round.

Roger Federer (SUI) during the French Open Tennis at Stade Roland-Garros, Paris. (Credit: Jon Bromley | MI News) (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Additionally, Federer has also given the green light for playing at French Open this year. It would be his first Grand Slam appearance after the 2020 Australian Open.

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Following French Open, the record 8-time Wimbledon champion will try again to lift the prestigious trophy. Seemingly, he is getting down to business starting from Geneva Open.

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