“Upto Roger”: Belinda Bencic Expresses Desire to Partner with Roger Federer at Tokyo Olympics 2021


Roger Federer is the dream mixed doubles partner for almost every women’s tennis player. It is no different for Belinda Bencic, who has been fortunate to have teamed up with Federer in the past.

The Bencic-Federer mixed doubles team has had a successful run on many occasions and has won back-to-back titles at the Hopman Cup in 2018 and 2019.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA: Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrate a point in the mixed doubles match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Karen Khachanov of Russia on Day Four of the 2018 Hopman Cup at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

However, with the Hopman Cup now replaced by the ATP Cup, we might witness their magical doubles team at the Tokyo Olympics next year. Originally scheduled for July 2020, the Olympics got postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Would like to compete with Roger Federer’: Bencic

Recently, during an interview, Bencic was asked whether she was competing alongside Federer at the Summer Olympics. The Swiss woman instantly replied that she is already ready, and it is up to Federer now to decide. Bencic contended that the Olympic games will be a big goal for her apart from the Grand Slams next year.

“I’m ready, it’s just up to Roger now (laughs). No, nothing has been decided yet, everything is still very far away for me. But in addition to the Grand Slam tournaments, the Olympic Games remain one of my big goals – in singles and maybe also in mixed. If we stay healthy, I would like to compete with Roger,” said Bencic.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA : Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland talk tactics in the mixed doubles match against Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe of the United States during day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

In February this year, Bencic had expressed her desire to partner with Federer in the mixed doubles competition at the Olympics. However, with the international multi-sport event far away, a lot would depend on the way Federer’s body copes until then.

Having pulled out from the entire 2020 season due to a knee injury, Federer is expected to return at the 2021 Australian Open. The 20-Grand Slam champion has never won a gold medal in singles at the Olympics; he won a silver at the 2012 London Olympics when he finished as the runner-up to Andy Murray.