Roger Federer pulls out of Tokyo Olympics, knee damage

Roger Federer introduced he has withdrawn from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics after a “setback” in his restoration from a knee damage.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was knocked out of Wimbledon within the quarter-finals by Hubert Hurkacz final week.

The 39-year-old Federer, who has by no means received an Olympic singles gold medal, underwent two surgical procedures on his proper knee in 2020.

“Throughout the grass courtroom season, I sadly skilled a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I have to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Video games,” Federer mentioned in a press release on social media.

“I’m significantly disenchanted, because it has been an honour and spotlight of my profession every time I’ve represented Switzerland.”

The tennis competitions in Japan are set to begin on July 24, the day after the opening ceremony.

Federer, who turns 40 subsequent month, pulled out of the French Open after reaching the fourth spherical, hoping to get match for Wimbledon.

He confirmed indicators of his greatest throughout his run to the quarter-finals, however bowed out tamely, dropping 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-0 to Poland’s Hurkacz.

That defeat sparked speak amongst followers and pundits speculating whether or not the eight-time Wimbledon winner would retire, with Federer saying he “didn’t know” if his Wimbledon profession was over.

However on Wednesday morning (AEST), the previous world primary mentioned he hoped to return to the ATP Tour later this summer season.

“I’ve already begun rehabilitation within the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer season,” he added.

“I want the whole Swiss workforce the very best of luck and I might be rooting onerous for the workforce from afar.”

He’s simply the most recent to affix an extended checklist of tennis stars to skip the Olympics. Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Dominic Thiem have all pulled out, whereas newly-crowned Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic put his possibilities of taking part in in Tokyo at “50/50”.

Will we ever see Federer play at Wimbledon once more?Supply: Getty Pictures

The Video games have been badly affected by Covid. The 2020 version was delayed by a 12 months and though it should go forward, it should largely be held behind closed doorways and with strict well being restrictions in place.

The Olympic singles title is the one main event Federer is but to win. He has accomplished the profession Grand Slam and received the season-ending ATP Finals six occasions.

He misplaced within the semi-finals in 2000 in Sydney and reached the ultimate in 2012, solely to be overwhelmed by Andy Murray in London, simply weeks after edging out the Brit on the identical Centre Courtroom within the Wimbledon last.

Federer did, nonetheless, win doubles gold with Stan Wawrinka in Beijing 13 years in the past.

The loss to Hurkacz was solely Federer’s 14th defeat at Wimbledon in 119 matches, and the primary time he had been overwhelmed within the event in straight units since a first-round exit by the hands of Mario Ancic in 2002.

It was additionally the primary time he had misplaced a set 6-0 at Wimbledon and simply the third time at a Slam.

“With the whole lot that comes after Wimbledon, we have been at all times going to sit down down and speak about it as a result of clearly now Wimbledon is over,” Federer mentioned about his future after the match.

“I acquired to take just a few days. Simply see, OK, what do I must do to get in higher form so I could be extra aggressive.”

He slipped to ninth within the ATP rankings after Wimbledon — his lowest place since March 2017.

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