Federer wants to play in 2016 Rio Olympics

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2012 13:00 hrs

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer has said he won't play as often in the next few years but hopes to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 31-year-old Federer said he'll be more mindful about the tournaments he plays in the future to make sure he can continue playing at a high level.

"I have to make sure that I take care of my schedule, of my body, of my mind. Hopefully I can still stay on tour for many more years and hopefully play the Olympics here in three and a half years or so, so I have to look far ahead and not just the next six months," Sports24 quoted Federer, as saying.

The Swiss player has competed in four Olympics for a doubles gold in 2008 and singles silver this year, and he said he would love to make it to the Rio Games.

"There is a lot of passion for sports here. It's a hot place to play tennis right now," he added.

Federer, who ended the season No 2 in the world, said this year was especially difficult for him because he also committed to the Davis Cup and London Games, which took him away from practice and from spending time with his family.

"I've played a lot of tennis. It's been a big challenge, especially with the Olympics and the Davis Cup this year," Federer said.

"I found my way back to world No 1 and it took a lot of sacrifices. I'd like to be home a little bit more often and in a relaxed fashion," he added. (ANI)

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