In 2020, Roger Federer will try to win a record-extending 21st Grand Slam singles title and ninth Wimbledon. He'll also try to win one of the only tennis prizes lacking from his otherwise peerless résumé: an Olympic gold medal in singles.
On Monday, after an exhibition match with John Isner in Tokyo, the 38-year-old Swiss confirmed that he'll participate in the 2020 Summer Olympics—in Tokyo.
"At the end of the day, my heart decided I would love to play the Olympic Games again," Federer said, as reported by OlympicChannel.com.
“I've been debating with my team for a few weeks now, months actually, what I should do in the summer time (of 2020) after Wimbledon and before the US Open. I carried the flag twice for Switzerland in Athens and Beijing, I’ve got a gold and a silver, and I would love to play again so I’m very excited.”
Federer, who will turn 39 on the penultimate day of the Olympics (July 24 to August 9), has experienced tremendous highs and lows at the Summer Games. (All photos from Getty Images.)
In his Olympic debut, in 2000 in Sydney, Federer finished in fourth place, losing the bronze-medal match to Arnaud Di Pasquale, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 6-3.
By the 2004 Games in Athens, Federer had three Grand Slam titles to his name and was a favorite to win gold. But 19-year-old Tomas Berdych had other ideas, ousting the top seed in the second round, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.
The 2008 Olympics in Beijing was a mixed bag for Federer. He fell early in singles with a rare loss to James Blake, but won gold with Stan Wawrinka in doubles.
With the tennis event at Wimbledon for the 2012 London Games, Federer had as good a shot as any to claim singles gold. When he outlasted Juan Martin del Potro, 19-17 in the third set of their semifinal, destiny appeared to be on Federer's side. But Andy Murray defended his turf, and turned the tide against Federer in a rematch of that year's Wimbledon final. (Federer and Wawrinka would fail to medal in doubles.)
The above shot is the last we've seen of Federer at the Olympics, with an injury sidelining him from the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. Barring something unforeseen, we'll get one more look at Federer in red and white—and, if he has it his way, draped in gold—in Tokyo.