Swiss tennis star Belinda Bencic says she would be very happy to play with Roger Federer in the mixed doubles event in Tokyo next year. The Olympic Games have been postponed from this year to 2021 due to the pandemic and Federer has confirmed that he plans to play next season as well.
Bencic and Federer have partnered to win the Hopman Cup for Switzerland in 2018 and 2019. In an interview with BLICK, Bencic was asked about the prospects of playing the Olympic mixed doubles with Federer. "Hope so! (laughs) If everything goes according to plan, I would be extremely happy."
Bencic also said she agreed with Federer's recent suggestion that the ATP/ WTA Tours should be merged. "I agree with Roger. It would only be logical, people are confused with the two organizations. It would be good if women and men played the same and equally endowed tournaments.
Of course there are many points that still need to be discussed in detail. But it would be a great thing. Right now, (ATP has more power) because they still have superstar players with Nadal, Djokovic and Federer. It's different with us women, Serena Williams doesn't dominate anymore.
But that also changes again. People like to watch women's tennis and if ATP and WTA were together they would see both at once. I think many would appreciate that. Meanwhile, on the covid vaccination issue, the Swiss star said she would take a wait and watch approach.
"I have also thought about this, but I cannot yet answer the question conclusively. We do not yet know the vaccination, we do not know anything about side effects and other facts. But if it is okay, I would probably do it if the tennis tour requires it. Bencic is ranked No. 8 in the world currently.