• Federer hopes to play London games with Hingis

    7/14/11 6:30 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Federer hopes to play London games with Hingis Roger Federer is hoping to roll back to the glory years of his early career in a proposed sentimental Olympic mixed doubles teaming with former No. 1 and fellow Swiss Martina Hingis.

    The younger Federer and top-star Hingis once teamed up at the Hopman Cup in Perth more than a decade ago and the 2012 London Olympics will be a dream for Federer, who turns 30 next month.

    Five-time Grand Slam winner Hingis, who was forced from the game by a positive test for cocaine, would have to submit to drug testing in order to earn re-eligibility. Federer is presumably keen to defend his Beijing men's doubles crown with Stan Wawrinka while any combination with Hingis could mark a final vindication for the women's star who dominated as a teenager in the late 1990s.

    Hingis has been keeping her hitting eye in with Team Tennis matches in the US this month.

    Federer's Olympic singles results have never been spectacular, with a loss in Athens 2004 to Tomas Berdych and at Beijing 2008 against James Blake. Olympic singles gold is one of the few prizes missing form the curriculum of the 16-time Grand Slam champion.

    Mixed will be played at the Games for the first time in London, nearly a quarter of a century since the sport returned to the Olympic family. The 2012 event will be all the more special as it is being held at Wimbledon only weeks after the end of the Championships.

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Won't Mirka be jealous? ;)

numero , 7/14/11 10:36 PM

I think he should, it'll be fun to watch.
And I didn't know Hingis was banned from tennis due to cocaine. Oh my, that must've been quite a scandal.

mriiidula , 7/14/11 11:19 PM

Shireling , 7/15/11 4:13 PM

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