Federer still not sure about participation in Tokyo Olympics

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On court this might not have been a year for Roger Federer befitting his stature, but that in no way has affected the Swiss tennis icon’s domination in the brand market. Federer, who had to miss the Olympics and is not competing the year ending Major US Open, is the highest-earning tennis player of the year, reveals the latest list released by the business journal Forbes. Collectively, tennis’ ten highest-paid players made $320 million over the last 12 months, down 6% from last year’s total of $340 million. The Forbes magazine has reported Federer’s pretax earnings at $90.6 million for the past 12 months. The on-court revenue contributes to less than a million to his total earnings. Naomi Osaka, who was in news for opting out of the Wimbledon citing mental health issues, is in the second position with aggregate income of $60.1 million. A sharp contract to Federer, on court revenue contributed 90% of her total revenue. In the number three position, Serena Williams has aggregated $ 41.8 million. This include $40 million in off-court revenue. Novak Djokovic, who this year was in contention for the Golden Slam since he crashed out in the Tokyo Olympics semi-finals, is placed fourth with total revenue of $ 38 million - $ 8 million by playing and $30 million from other sources. Rafael Nadal, taking time off as he manages a rare condition known as Müller-Weiss disease or Müller-Weiss syndrome, in the 5th position has earned $27 million in 2021 - his on-court revenue being $ 4 million. The other top ten contenders included: 6. Kei Nishikori $ 26 mn – on-court: $1m and off-court $25 mn; 7. Daniel Medvedev $13.9 – on-court: 5.9 mn and off-court: 8mn; 8. Dominic Thiem $8.9 mn – on-court: $4.9 mn and off-court $4 mn; 9. Stefanos Tsitsipas $8.1 mn – on court: 4.1 mn and off-court $ 4mn; and 10. Ashleigh Barty $5.8 mn – on-court $3.8mn and off-court $2mn.
Despite being off-colour on the court, Roger Federer continues to dominate the tennis players' revenue charts.

Roger Federer is still not sure about his participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. A final call can only be accepted after the Wimbledon, scheduled to start on Monday.

The Swiss, who had quit the French Open after the third-round win, said he and his team will take a call on Tokyo 2020 after reassessing the situation post the Wimbledon Championship.

Speaking to reporters in a video conference from the All England Club Federer said that his Olympic plans will depend on how things go over the coming fortnight will unfold. How Federer cops with the demand and challenge of The Championship at the All England Courts will also be important for his plans over the next few months.

“Obviously, if I play really good here or really bad, I think it has an impact on how everything might look for the summer,” he said.

“Still, my feeling is I would like to go to the Olympics. I would like to play as many tennis tournaments as possible. But I think we decided now let’s just get through Wimbledon, sit down as a team, and then decide where we go from there.”

Federer will get less than two weeks for transition between Wimbledon and the Olympics as the third Grand Slam of the year will run till July 11 and Olympics are slated to start on July 23.

Rafael Nadal, seeking rest to recover, and Dominic Thiem, who recently injured his right wrist, have already opted out of the Olympics. The duo is also not participating in Wimbledon.

Federer, who shares the men’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles with Nadal, has won two Olympic medals for Switzerland — a singles’ silver at the 2012 London Games and a doubles’ gold with Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Games. He was also forced out of the Rio de Janeiro Games by a knee injury.

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