Federer, Wawrinka to lead Swiss tennis team for Rio Olympics

  • AFP, Lausanne
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2016 18:03 IST
Roger Federer from Switzerland reacts after he won against Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany during the ATP Tournament in Halle, Germany. (AFP Photo)

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will lead a star-studded Swiss tennis team gunning for gold at the Rio Olympics in August, officials said on Thursday.

World number three Federer, who will turn 35 during the Games, will be playing in his fifth -- and surely last -- Olympics and will be hoping to sign off with a gold medal to add to his already bulging trophy cabinet.

He and Wawrinka, number five in the world, are among six Swiss players named by the country’s Olympic committee for the August 5-21 Games.

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during his match against Spain's Fernando Verdasco at the ATP Aegon Championships tennis tournament at the Queen's Club in west London. (AFP File Photo)

Martina Hingis, the 35-year-old former women’s number one, will also take part, along with eighth-ranked Belinda Bencic and Timea Bacsinszky. Xenia Knoll is also lined up to take part.

Federer and Wawrinka won gold in the doubles in Beijing in 2008, and Federer took silver in the singles four years ago, losing to Andy Murray in the final in London.

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