Tennis - Federer backs squash for 2020 Games inclusion

As arguably the greatest ever tennis player, Roger Federer is urging Olympic officials to back another racket sport by including squash in the programme for the 2020 Games.

Tennis - Federer backs squash for 2020 Games inclusion

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Swiss player Roger Federer waves after his match against Grega Zemlja from Slovakija in the first round of the ABN Amro ATP Tennis tournament in Rotterdam (AFP)

"I really like the sport and I even used to play it in my younger days but that was with a wooden racket," 17-times grand slam champion Federer told Reuters after he suffered a surprise defeat in the quarter-finals of the World Indoor Tournament.

"There are some great characters active in the sport and I believe that they deserve to be present at the Olympics."

Martial arts karate and wushu, rollersports, wakeboarding, squash, sports climbing, wrestling and a joint bid by baseball and softball are the candidates for the one open spot for the 2020 Games.

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