Roger Federer has been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics due to a knee injury sustained at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
Roger Federer has pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics due to a setback in his recovery from a knee injury sustained at Wimbledon. Federer had intended to wait until after his campaign at the SW19 to confirm his participation in the Olympic Games this summer, which is bad news for Switzerland.
Federer expressed his displeasure at missing out in a statement made on his social media channels on Tuesday afternoon.
“Unfortunately, I encountered a setback with my knee during the grass-court season and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games,” it stated.
“I am deeply sad, as representing Switzerland has always been a privilege and a pleasure of my career.
“I’ve already started my recovery in the aim of getting back on the road later this summer.
“I wish the entire Swiss squad luck, and I’ll be cheering them on from afar. Hopp Schwiz, as usual!”
Federer advanced to the Wimbledon quarter-finals this year before losing in the tournament’s worst-ever loss.
Hubert Hurkacz, the 14th seed, defeated the 39-year-old in straight sets, dropping the final set 6-0 for the first time in his career.
Novak Djokovic emphatically won Wimbledon, tying him with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal for the most Grand Slams (20).
Federer’s grass-court season was underwhelming by his world-class standards, and his knee is most likely to blame.
In the men’s doubles event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka won gold.
After that, he won silver in London 2012, losing in the final to Andy Murray of the United Kingdom at the All England Club.
After two knee surgeries in 2020, the Swiss star is ranked number nine in the ATP rankings.
He hopes to return to the circuit later this year after a lengthy recovery, but he’s not in any hurry.
The 2021 Tokyo Olympics will begin on Friday, July 23 and end on Sunday, August 8.
There will be 339 events in 30 different sports, including an all-star field in tennis.
Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, and Matteo Berrettini are all confirmed among the top ten players in the world.
Andy Murray, a two-time gold winner, is also expected to compete, so while Federer’s presence will be missed, the action will be as entertaining as ever.
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