Switzerland's Olympic selection took a huge blow when its greatest ambassador - Roger Federer - announced that he would not be taking part in the Tokyo Games. The five-circle event was one of the King's main objectives this year, as the Swiss dreamed of finally wearing a gold medal in singles.
There are many reasons that led him to give up, including the imperfect physical conditions and the very strict measures imposed by the organizers (without forgetting the absence of spectators). After the quarterfinals reached at Wimbledon, the former world number 1 preferred to recharge his batteries and improve his condition ahead of the US Open, even if his knee does not leave his countless fans quiet at all.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was recently photographed in Croatia, where he is spending his holidays with his family and his coach Ivan Ljubicic. Belinda Bencic, current WTA number 11, who dreamed of being able to play the mixed doubles with Federer, will try to keep up the name of Switzerland.
Bencic on Roger Federer's withdrawal from the Tokyo Games
"Of course I was very sad and disappointed, but I really appreciated that Roger Federer called me," Belinda Bencic said during an interaction with a Swiss daily.
The youngster then wished the Swiss maestro a speedy recovery. "I know from my own experience what it feels like to be injured. And health is always top priority," Bencic said. "I wish that he has recovered well and will be back on the court soon."
When asked how she felt about the prospect of representing Switzerland at the Games for the first time in her career, the 24-year-old said she was elated. "For me, it is a dream come true to be here with all these athletes from all over the world," Bencic said.
"I can tell my grandchildren about it (competing at the Olympics) one day," she said. Former World No. 1 and German tennis ace, Boris Becker has given his verdict on the Big 3. He coached Novak Djokovic for three years and has been an admirer of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for years.
However, he believes that it is now time for the young guns to blossom at the major events. “Roger and Rafa have fed off each other so it will be interesting to see if it has had an effect on the Spaniard when he returns next month in Washington DC.
They will be aware that the players around ten years younger are getting better – it is now Novak and then quite a big chasing pack,” said Boris in the Daily Mail.