Former world number one Roger Federer has withdrawn from the ATP Masters 1000 event in Toronto and Cincinnati due to a knee injury, according to tournament organizers.
A 39-year-old boy who had surgery on both knees last year advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics due to a “knee retreat” during the grass court season.
This recent injury makes it doubtful that the 20th Grand Slam Champion will participate in the US Open, which will begin on August 30th.
Organizers added that Tokyo men’s singles gold medalist Alexander Zverev will also skip the tournament in Toronto and take a rest ahead of the final major of the season.
“Because of the intense experience of the past few weeks and the great experience of the Olympics, we need to recover to do our best for the rest of the US summer swing,” the Germans said in a statement.
Other absentees include Matteo Berrettini, Milos Raonic, and Pablo Carreño Busta, who won the bronze medal in the men’s singles in Tokyo.
The Toronto Masters will start on August 9th and Cincinnati will line up a week later.