Hingis Wants To Play Doubles With Federer In Rio

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Martina Hingis says she’s awaiting an answer from fellow Swiss tennis demigod Roger Federer about whether the No. 3 can manage to team with her in doubles at the summer Rio Olympics. The ambitious dream has been on the back burner for well over a year, with the decide on all coming down to the 34-year-old Federer.

The 17-time grand slam event winner owns a gold medal from Beijing 2008 in doubles with Stan Wawrinka and finished on silver to Andy Murray at London in 2012. Hingis. 35, but still winning in WTA doubles with India’s Sania Mirza, said she’s awaiting a response from her compatriot.

“For the answer, it is to him that we must ask the question,” Hingis said as she prepared to play the exhibition Championship Tennis League in India next month. “I’ve always said, I would play with Roger. We had won the Hopman Cup together in 2001.

“But the decision is not in my hands; he has its own schedule and I can tell you it’s pretty busy,” said the WTA’s top-ranked doubles player alongside Sania Mirza.

Federer has said that it’s all about the time and fitness constraints imposed by a crowded ATP season and the addition of the Games to the calendar. “I don’t see how to play men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles in the space of eight days. If I try to win everything, it would make 15 matches in total.

“I’ll have to think about to set my priorities. A team between the pair was also a dream for 2012 London, but it never came to pass. Hingis believes she has a fall-back position if Federer cannot spare the time – she would then try to team with Stan Wawrinka in South America.

“Stan told me he would be leaving to play with me if Roger was not. Playing with one or the other will be a very good option anyway for me,” she told Tennis Magazine. Hingis stood No. 1 as a teenager, winning five grand slam event singles titles before turning 20.

In her resurrected doubles career, she won 10 titles in 2015 – nine of them with Mirza – including Wimbledon, the US Open, the WTA Finals in Singapore and back-to-back honors in October in China.

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