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Roger Federer says he’s out of Olympics after knee ‘setback’

Roger Federer is not going to take part within the Tokyo Olympics, writing on social media Tuesday that he “experienced a setback” together with his knee in the course of the grass-court season.

Federer had mentioned earlier than Wimbledon that he would decide about going to the Summer Games after the Grand Slam match ended.

The 39-year-old from Switzerland misplaced within the quarterfinals on the All England Club final week to Hubert Hurkacz.

Federer had two operations on his proper knee in 2020 and went greater than a full yr between matches. He returned to Grand Slam motion on the French Open after which pulled out of that match after three victories, saying he wished to be rested and prepared for the grass circuit – particularly Wimbledon.

On Tuesday, he mentioned in a put up on Twitter that as a result of of the setback, he has “accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games. I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honor and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland.”

Federer gained a gold medal alongside Stan Wawrinka in doubles on the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver in singles on the 2012 London Olympics, dropping to Britain’s Andy Murray within the closing on the All England Club.

Federer sat out the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games as a result of of issues together with his left knee.

“I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer,” wrote Federer, who turns 40 on Aug. 8.

The U.S. Open, the yr’s final Grand Slam match, is scheduled to start Aug. 30 in New York.

Federer joins a rising record of tennis stars who should not going to Tokyo, the place COVID-19 instances have been rising because the July 23 opening ceremony approaches.

Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios are among the many gamers who is not going to be competing for medals.

Novak Djokovic, who tied Federer and Nadal for the boys’s file by profitable his twentieth main championship at Wimbledon on Sunday, mentioned after the ultimate that he was 50-50 on whether or not to go to the Games.

On the eve of Wimbledon’s begin, Federer was requested the place issues stood for him on Tokyo.

“My feeling is I would like to go to the Olympics. I would like to play as many tournaments as possible. But I think we decided now, let’s just get through Wimbledon, sit down as a team, and then decide where we go from there,” he mentioned then. “I wish I could tell you more. In previous years, it was definitely easier. At the moment, things are not as simple as in the past. With age, you have to be more selective. You can’t play it all.”

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