Roger Federer withdraws from the Tokyo Olympics due to his knee injury

20 times Grand Slam champion Roger Federer forced out to withdraw from Tokyo Olympics after he faced a knee injury during the grass-court season. He announced his decision of skipping the major event on Tuesday through Twitter.

39-year old underwent two knee surgeries previously in the year 2020 that concluded in restoration for more than a year. Swiss had earlier withdrawn from the Roland Garros tournament despite winning in the third round. The decision he made was to save himself and re-store for Wimbledon Championship as it was his main priority. He lost in the quarter-finals of the tournament by Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.

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“During the grass-court season, I, unfortunately, experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics Games,” said Federer via his Twitter post.

“I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honour and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland.

Federer said that he has started rehabilitation and hope to return to the tour later this summer and wished the whole Swiss team luck: “I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be rooting hard from afar.”

Eight-times Wimbledon champion Federer has earned the gold medal in the doubles at the 2008 Games in Beijing and a silver medal in the singles in 2012 in London.