London: As far as squash’s Olympic campaign goes, Nicol David, the undisputed women’s world No. 1 since 2006, continues to be as rampant off the court as she is on it.
After 12 months of active campaigning, the Malaysian enlisted squash’s highest-profile voice yet when 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer on Thursday urged Olympic officials to add another racket sport to the Games programme.
Speaking in Rotterdam, the Swiss maestro said: “I think it’s a wonderful sport. It’s unfortunate some sports don’t get the opportunity to be in the Olympics. I think squash would deserve it. They run a great tour and they have great players and characters. I’d personally be very happy for them.”
Federer met David — the two have spent a combined total of well over 650 weeks as world No. 1 in their field — at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Even in defeat, Federer was still able to offer some brotherly support to a fellow racket sport, which has twice been denied inclusion to the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
“I used to play it a lot when I was younger every Sunday with my dad,” Federer said.
“I started with a wooden racquet like I did in tennis. I’ve always been a big fan of the sport.”
Karate, rollersports, wakeboarding, climbing, wrestling and a joint bid by baseball and softball are the other candidates for the one open spot for the 2020 Olympic Games.