Many Roger Federer fans have thought that by signing a 10-year contract with Uniqlo, the Swiss player will definitely compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But in his press conference in Cincinnati, the world no. 2 clarified it's not like this.
'They never mentioned the Olympics, it being the no. 1 decision for them to sign with me, which has been great', Federer said about his deal with the Japanese brand. 'It was more the person than the player, actually, which I thought was a major compliment to me, you know.
I think it was also my team, my wife, my parents were extremely proud that it was more the person than the player, and they never mentioned the Olympics. I don't exactly know the rules about the Olympics, to be honest. So that's how far away I have been because I just don't know if I'm still going to be playing.
But you're right; I should be more informed about it, but I just haven't. I don't know what it takes. I don't know what the ramifications are. I have to figure it out. I don't think I will change my schedule regardless of what happens in Orlando.
My career, my body is too important, you know. If I play Tokyo, great. If I don't, I don't. It's not like the first Olympics you want to really be part of. I just haven't thought that far. But you're right. There is a process, I guess, to qualify, which is odd, but that's just how it goes in tennis these days, or always has been.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal could make important changes to his long-term schedule