Former number 1 Roger Federer has withdrawn from the tennis event in Tokyo Olympics due to the knee setback that happened in his recent Wimbledon quarterfinal. The knee was surgically repaired in 2020. In an announcement in a Twitter post, Federer said that he had started rehab with the expectations of rejoining the ATP tour in the upcoming times. Federer is in the hope that he would presumably play the US Open.
Federer wrote that during the grasscourt season, he, unfortunately, felt a setback with his knee. Now he has accepted that he must pull out himself from the Tokyo Olympic Games. He said that he is greatly disappointed as it has always been a highlight and honor of his career every time he represented Switzerland.
The only major prize that the 39-year-old Federer never won in his Tennis career is the Olympic gold medal in singles. In the 2012 Games played at Wimbledon, Federer was the runner-up to Andy Murray. He has also lost a shocker to James Blakes, the American player in the 2008 Games quarterfinals. Although, he won gold for Switzerland in 2008 while playing doubles with Stan Wawrinka. Roger Federer was the masses’ favorite to win the 2004 Gold in Athens but was disappointed by Tomas Berdych during the second round.
Hopes for Federer to Play in Tokyo Games
There had been an immense hope that Federer will take part in the Tokyo Games, specifically after leaving Nike in 2018 to sign a deal with Japanese company Uniqlo. However, Federer has remained conservative with the schedule after returning from injury. He built his season to compete at Wimbledon, where Federer was an eight-time champion.
Hubert Hurkacz lopsidedly won against Federer in the quarterfinals. After that, Federer remained non-committal about all his plans for playing both in the long term and short term. The withdrawal of Federer continues a trend of men’s players who have announced that they will not go to Tokyo. This list includes Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal, and Denis Shapovalov.
After the victory at Wimbledon to finish the third leg of the Grand Slam calendar year, the No.1 Novak Djokovic has also said that he is not sure. He stated that he is unsure about participating in the Olympics. Djokovic cited that no fans will be able to attend the Olympics due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. From the Women’s side, No.5 Bianca Andreescu, No.4 Sofia Kenin, and No.16 Serena Williams have pulled out of Tokyo Olympics.