Roger Federer has become the latest big name in tennis to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics, citing a knee injury sustained during the grasscourt season.
- Roger Federer said he “experienced a setback” with his injured knee during the grasscourt season
- He joins Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios as some of the high-profile absentees in Tokyo
- Novak Djokovic has said he is “50-50” as to whether he will compete at the Games
Federer, who turns 40 next month, had two knee surgeries in 2020 which resulted in more than a year of rehabilitation.
The Swiss star returned to action in March, 13 months after his Australian Open semi-final exit last year.
He withdrew from the French Open last month despite winning his third round match, saying he wanted to save himself for the grasscourt season.
At Wimbledon, he chased a record-extending ninth title but was beaten in the quarter-finals by Hubert Hurkacz.
“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 said on Twitter.
“I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honour and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland.
“I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer. I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be rooting hard from afar.”
Federer won the gold medal in the doubles at the 2008 Games in Beijing, where he partnered with Stan Wawrinka.
But he had to settle for silver in the singles four years later in London when he was beaten by Briton Andy Murray on Wimbledon’s Centre Court.
He was also Switzerland’s flag-bearer at the 2004 and 2008 Games.
Federer joins a list of big names to skip the Tokyo Games, with Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Bianca Andreescu all deciding not to compete.
Johanna Konta has been forced to withdraw after testing positive for COVID.
Novak Djokovic, who has won the first three grand slams of the year, said he was “50-50” about competing in Tokyo because of the organisers’ decision to ban fans from attending and restrictions on the number of people he could take with him.