Roger Federer is set to be given the nod to play in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo even if he misses Switzerland’s Davis Cup campaign. The 37-year-old Swiss, who recently hinted that he could call time on his tennis career before the next Olympics, was also facing the obstacle of not being eligible if he failed to feature in at least two Davis Cup or Fed Cup ties during the current Olympic cycle, including one in 2019 or 2020.
However, Federer has not featured in the Davis Cup since 2015, while it is unlikely that he will return to the tournament to face Russia in February’s qualifiers which comes just after the Australian Open.
But it seems that the door would be open for Federer to go in search of his first singles’ gold medal at his fifth Olympics because of his status in tennis.
International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty said: “Within the rules are things about past champions, past Olympians and grand slam winners.
“I have been talking to Roger’s team and they’re aware of things. He may or may not play Davis Cup, it hasn’t been decided one way or another, but all that will be factored in. Certainly, someone like Roger would be great to have at the Olympics.”