Is Roger Federer retiring after the Rio Olympics? Well, there is no reason for Federer’s fans to get anxious. The Swiss Maestro has no plans to retire next year “as he targets a bumper medal-haul for Switzerland at next year’s Olympics,” quotes ESPN.
The World No. 3 seems out of touch after winning at Wimbledon back in 2012. He hasn’t tasted Grand Slam victory since then. It is of course frustrating to see the favorite star struggling to get his rhythm back but he seems very confident about the Australian Open starting next month.
“I’ve planned all of 2016, all the way through the Rio Olympics and beyond,” Federer said in a recent interview. “I’m going to probably announce that schedule in the coming weeks. I’m looking forward to next year.
“Australia’s obviously a big goal for me and after that it’s going to be a long, tough year. I’m feeling fine physically and in good shape. Like I say so many times, I hope I’m still on tour for a while. There are no plans to retire yet, I don’t have a definite date, even though that would make things easier to plan.”
As per the BBC reports, Federer also confirms that he will play beside former World No. 1 Martina Hingis in the mixed doubles and team Stan Wawrinka in the doubles. The duo won gold at Beijing Olympics back in 2008.
“Winning the silver at Wimbledon was amazing during the London Olympics,” Federer said. “I don’t feel like the Rio Olympics necessarily needs to be the singles gold like everybody talks about.
“That’s why I’m going to be playing mixed doubles with Martina Hingis, and I might also play the doubles with Stan Wawrinka. I might enter myself in all three competitions to have the most possible chances to win medals for Switzerland.”
The 17-time Grand Slam winner will be celebrating his 35th birthday next year. He recently parted ways with coach Stefan Edberg after working together for two years.