London 2012 Olympics: Federer starts practicing in Wimbledon

Roger Federer took a short vacation of two weeks to Sardinia, Italy after his 7th Wimbledon triumph. Meanwhile Federer enjoyed his 287th week as a World No. 1 and 17th Grand Slam which is not achieved by anyone else. Just 2 days before he has returned to Wimbledon to start his preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

"Really looking forward to playing in Wimbledon the second time this year." said Federer on his facebook.

Federer will participate in both singles and doubles category. Federer already won the gold medal in doubles in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games teamed up with Stanislas Wawrinka. Federer is in a supreme form to win a singles gold medal in London 2012 Olympics as a top favourite.

Federer is the first player in the history to be seeded No. 1 in 3 consecutive Olympics as well. He was about to carry the Swiss flag for the 3rd consecutive time in the Olympic Games at London 2012. But Federer says he might give the honor to someone else. “I was offered, but I might give another athlete a chance,” said the World No. 1 after winning his seventh Wimbledon victory over Andy Murray. The 17-time Grand Slam champion was the Swiss flag-bearer at two other Summer Games at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

Yesterday Stanislas Wawrinka was announced as the flag bearer of Switzerland at London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

The tennis competitions of the 2012 Summer Olympics are scheduled to be staged at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, from 28 July to 5 August 2012, making it the first grass court tournament since tennis was re-introduced to the Olympics. 190 tennis players are expected to compete in five events; singles and doubles for both men and women and for the first time since 1924, mixed doubles will be officially included. The Olympic tennis events are run and organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and will be part of the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women's Tennis Association's tours.

Link: London 2012 Olympic Games photo gallery

Date: 24th July 2012


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