Roger Federer said he had a “setback” with his knee on the grass court this season.© AFP
Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer announced on Tuesday that he will not play in the Tokyo Olympics, which begin on July 23, in a statement that revealed a knee backlash. “On the grass court season, unfortunately, I had a setback with my knee and accepted that I had to retire from the Tokyo Olympics,” Federer wrote. “I am very disappointed that every time I have been a Swiss representative it has been the most important honor and point of my career,” he added.
– Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) July 13, 2021
“I have already started the rehabilitation work with the intention of returning to the tour this summer,” the Swiss Master added in his statement.
“I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will root hard from afar,” he concluded.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has been worried about knee problems for a while.
In 2020, he underwent two knee surgeries.
He left the French Open this year to improve on the situation at a Wimbledon challenge, but he didn’t find it credible at the All England Club and knocked out Polish Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.
Federer won the men’s individual silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics while winning the gold in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Games.
With Federer losing the Games along with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic is the favorite to win the men’s individual title in Tokyo.
After winning the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, Djokovic continues on his way to recording a Golden Grand Slam.
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