Roger Federer introduced on Tuesday he has withdrawn from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics after a “setback” in his restoration from a knee damage.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was knocked out of Wimbledon within the quarter-finals by Hubert Hurkacz final week.
The 39-year-old Federer, who has by no means received an Olympic singles gold medal, underwent two surgical procedures on his proper knee in 2020.
“During the grass court season, I unfortunately experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games,” Federer mentioned in a press release on social media.
The tennis competitions in Japan are set to begin on July 24, the day after the opening ceremony.
Federer, who turns 40 subsequent month, pulled out of the French Open after reaching the fourth spherical, hoping to get match for Wimbledon.
He confirmed indicators of his finest throughout his run to the quarter-finals, however bowed out tamely, shedding 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 to Poland’s Hurkacz.
That defeat sparked speak amongst followers and pundits speculating whether or not the eight-time Wimbledon winner would retire, with Federer saying he “didn’t know” if his Wimbledon profession was over.
But on Tuesday, the previous world primary mentioned he hoped to return to the ATP Tour later this summer season.
“I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer,” he added.
“I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be rooting hard for the team from afar.”