Swiss maestro Roger Federer announced his decision to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics, days after he was selected in the Swiss Olympic squad.
Explaining his decision, Federer took to Twitter and said: “During the turf season, I unfortunately suffered a setback in my knee, and accepted that I should withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics.”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was back in action earlier this year after missing most of 2020 due to multiple knee surgeries.
Federer returned in March at the Doha Open, where he was knocked out in the second round, followed by a first-round defeat at the Geneva Open.
The former world number one then withdrew from the French Open to maintain his fitness with Wimbledon despite reaching the fourth round.
Before the grass courts, Major Federer expressed his desire to participate in the Tokyo Games and said: “With the team we decided to re-evaluate the situation after Wimbledon because obviously if I play really well here or really badly, I think it has already had an impact on what it might look like.” It’s all in the summer.”
The 39-year-old suffered a shock defeat by unseeded Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in straight sets – his first since 2002.
Shortly after his exit, Federer stated that he was unsure of a comeback while hoping to turn down an impending retirement.
“I don’t know (when I go back to court and Wimbledon next year). I really don’t know. I have to regroup my kits. No, I hope not (on retirement). … The goal is to play of course.”
Tennis will play a depleted slate in Tokyo with many stars including Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Nick Kyrgios deciding to skip the high-profile event.
Federer’s Olympic career:
Sydney 2000 Olympics: He lost to Tommy Haas in the semi-finals. He lost the bronze medal match to Arnaud de Pasquale.
Athens 2004 Olympics: Swiss flag bearer. He lost to Tomas Berdych in the second round.
2008 Beijing Olympics: Swiss flag bearer. He lost in the singles quarterfinals to James Blake. Won men’s doubles gold with Stan Wawrinka.
London 2012 Olympics: He lost to Andy Murray in the final to win the silver medal.
Rio 2016 Olympics: He did not compete due to a knee injury.