Roger Federer will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics because he wrote on social media on Tuesday that he “experienced a setback” on his knees during the grass court season.
Federer had said before Wimbledon that he would decide to go to the Summer Olympics after the Grand Slam tournament was over.
A 39-year-old boy from Switzerland lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals of the All England Club last week.
Federer had two surgeries on his right knee in 2020, spending more than a year between matches. He returned to Grand Slam action at the French Open, and after three victories he withdrew from the tournament, saying he was resting and ready for the grass circuit, especially Wimbledon.
On Tuesday, he said in a Twitter post, “I accepted that I had to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics” because of the setbacks. I am very disappointed because it was the honor and highlight of my career every time I represented Switzerland. “
Federer won a gold medal in doubles with Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a silver medal in singles at the 2012 London Olympics, and lost to Andy Murray in the UK in the final at the All England Club.
Federer did not compete in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games due to a left knee problem.
“I’ve already started rehab in the hope of returning to the tour later this summer,” wrote Federer, who turns 40 on August 8.
The US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, is scheduled to begin in New York on August 30th.
Federer joins the growing list of tennis stars who do not go to Tokyo, where cases of COVID-19 are increasing as the opening ceremony on July 23 approaches.
Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios are among the non-medal players.
Novak Djokovic, who won the 20th major championship at Wimbledon on Sunday and tied Federer and Nadal with a men’s record, said he was 50-50 about whether to go to the tournament after the final.
On the eve of Wimbledon’s start, Federer was asked where things were standing for him in Tokyo.
“I want to go to the Olympics. I want to play as many tournaments as I can. But I think we’ve decided now. Go through Wimbledon, sit as a team and decide where to go from there. Let’s do it, “he said. “I’d like to tell you more. In the past, it was definitely easier. At this point, things aren’t as simple as they used to be. With age, you have to be more selective. Playing everything is you can not.”