“It depends on how good Roger Federer is feeling,” Belinda Bencic remains hopeful of playing Mixed Doubles at Tokyo Olympics

Belinda Bencic, ranked 11th in the WTA Rankings will compete at her first ever Olympic Games in Tokyo, later this year.

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Belinda Bencic, Roger Federer
Belinda Bencic, Roger Federer

There has been an air of uncertainty regarding the Tokyo Olympics this year. The players competing at the event will most likely have to get vaccinated, and the event might be held behind closed doors. Belinda Bencic pulled out of the Rio Olympics, as she wanted to focus on the US Open that would be held just a week after.

However, this time, Belinda Bencic remains hopeful of playing at the Olympics, but stated that it will depend on the circumstances. Players were given an opportunity to get vaccinated at WTA Charleston Open, which meant that they would need to undergo tests before each event. Bencic refrained from getting the vaccine then, is now in Paris ahead of the French Open 2021. She will open her campaign at French Open 2021 against last year’s surprise semifinalist, Nadia Podoroska.

Greatest thing for every sportswoman: Belinda Bencic on Olympic Games

Belinda Bencic stated that she will take part in the Olympics this year, despite the current condition. The Swiss is expected to participate in the singles event, and will also play Women’s doubles with Jil Teichmann. However, she also desires to play Mixed Doubles with Roger Federer in Tokyo. Bencic has played doubles with Roger Federer at the Hopman Cup in the past, and the duo share a good rapport with each other.

“That (Olympics) is the greatest thing for every sportswoman. It may not be like it used to be and you will have less contact with other athletes, but I am really happy,” she said.

Belinda Bencic added that playing Mixed Doubles in Tokyo, will depend on Roger Federer’s decision, as the Swiss has just recovered from a year long knee injury. “I would love to, but it depends on how good Roger is feeling,” Bencic added.

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