Roger Federer has won just about every major singles tennis title on the planet except for one.
The 38-year-old Swiss has never captured an Olympic gold medal in singles.
Now he will give himself one more chance by agreeing to compete for Switzerland in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“If I am healthy, I am coming,” he said in Tokyo after playing an exhibition match against John Isner.
“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.”
The matches will be played on hard courts, which is Federer’s second-best surface behind grass. Between his six Australian Open crowns and five U.S. Open titles, he has won 11 of his men’s record 20 Grand Slam singles titles on hard courts. He’s won Wimbledon eight times.
Rivals Rafael Nadal (19) and Novak Djokovic (16) are coming fast at Federer’s mark of 20 majors. Federer has won $127 million in prize money in his career, but the total is dwarfed by his off-court earnings from appearances and endorsements. His $86 million in off-court earnings from partners like Credit Suisse, Mercedes-Benz and Rolex are well ahead of any other athlete.
Still, he has never won Olympic gold in singles. He won a doubles gold medal with countryman Stan Wawrinka at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and a silver medal in singles in 2012 after losing the gold-medal match to Andy Murray at Wimbledon.
“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,” he said.
Federer will now have a very busy and significant schedule in 2020 as he attempts to add another Grand Slam title to his career total while also competing in the Olympics and the Laver Cup in Boston in late September.
Wimbledon runs June 29-July 12. The men’s singles gold-medal match in Tokyo is scheduled for Aug. 2, four weeks before the US Open begins in New York. The US Open runs Aug. 31- Sept. 13. And the Laver Cup takes place in Boston Sept. 25-27.
Federer’s 39th birthday also takes place on Aug. 8, so if he wins gold in Tokyo it would be a nice early birthday present to himself.
Djokovic, the world No. 1, has also said he will compete in Tokyo, where he just won the Japan Open earlier this month. The Serb won a bronze medal at Beijing in 2008.
“I’ll try to be ready for the Tokyo Olympics in great shape,” Djokovic told reporters.
“Last time I was injured and not in good condition. I’d like to reach the final and go further than in Beijing. I’ll fight for the gold medal.”