Roger Federer’s quest to earn his first Olympic gold medal must wait.
The 39-year-old tennis star won’t compete within the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Federer confirmed that he withdrew from the match in a Twitter submit on Tuesday afternoon.
Why will not he play? Federer wrote that he had a setback in his surgically repaired proper knee.
Here is a take a look at Federer’s assertion in full.
In the course of the grass court docket season, I sadly skilled a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I need to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Video games. I’m tremendously dissatisfied, because it has been an honor and spotlight of my profession every time I’ve represented Switzerland. I’ve already begun rehabilitation within the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer season. I want the whole Swiss staff the very best of luck and I shall be rooting arduous from afar. As at all times, Hopp Schwiz!
Definitely, that is disappointing for Federer, as it could have been his final likelihood to compete within the Olympics. He might nonetheless be taking part in when the 2024 Summer time Video games roll round however he can be 42 by that time.
On the brilliant aspect for Federer followers, he did not rule out a return to motion later in the summertime. Maybe he might nonetheless have an opportunity to play within the 2021 U.S. Open.
Federer’s most up-to-date match was a quarterfinal loss to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz throughout Wimbledon. Federer was swept 6-0 within the ultimate of a straight-set defeat whereas coping with the balky knee.
With Federer and Rafael Nadal not collaborating within the 2021 Olympics, Novak Djokovic may have a better path as he appears to earn the gold medal. He has received all three majors thus far this season and might set himself up for a rare bid at a calendar Golden Grand Slam if he wins in Tokyo.