Roger Federer, despite advancing in age and also a 2020 spent recovering athletic condition after the surgeries suffered due to the knee injury, is more than ever willing to compete at the highest level. The Swiss champion has recently re-launched his ambitions and made it clear that one of his great goals for 2021 will be winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Olympic gold medal is in fact one of the few laurels still missing in the already extraordinary career of the Swiss champion. In 2012 Federer came very close to winning, but was beaten in the final in London by Andy Murray.
An even more burning defeat since it took place in the "backyard", that is, on the lawn of his beloved Wimbledon. In a recent podcast, Federer talked about today’s tennis culture. The challenge was that he had to describe it in a total of three words, something he did beautifully.
Federer: 'I think it’s super global'
“So, I think tennis has always been an elegant sport, so I’d say it’s an elegant sport,” began a cheerful Roger Federer. “I think people see it that way too, there is sort of that ballerina aspect as well that we have on the tennis court.
I think it’s an arena sport you know that in a way I think the stadiums’ big but not too big so I think it’s intimate you know, so I think it’s really elegant”. Federer highlighted that tennis was one of the most global sports.
He cited his reasons for the same and said that tennis players used to travel even more than musicians. “It may be one of the most global sports. We go on the world tour from January to November. So, I always compare it to is being a musician going on a world tour.
Musicians don’t do it every single year but we have to, and we do it every single year so I think it’s super global,” added Federer. It looks like the Indian Wells 2021 could be canceled for the second time in a row.
It was the first major tennis tournament to be canceled in March 2020 because of the rise in COVID-19 cases around the world. The 2021 edition was scheduled for March 8-21, but now there is an ATP 250 tournament scheduled from March 8th to March 14th.
The Open 13, an ATP 250 tournament held in Marseille, France has set the provisional dates for their tournament from March 8th to 14th. It highly depends on the situation of the Indian Wells. If the tournament in Los Angeles gets postponed or canceled, then Open 13 will be held in its place.