Canada's Vasek Pospisil withdraws from Tokyo Olympics

Pospisil won't be making his third consecutive Olympic appearance.

by Dzevad Mesic
Canada's Vasek Pospisil withdraws from Tokyo Olympics

Canadian tennis player Vasek Pospisil has announced that he won't be participating at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Pospisil, 31, represented Canada in the past two Olympics. At the 2012 London Olympics, Pospisil suffered a first round loss to David Ferrer.

Four years later at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Pospisil lost to Gael Monfils in the first round. "To all my fans back home, unforunately I have decided to not to take part in the Olympic Games in Tokyo this year. Several factors have played into this difficult decision which include an aggravated right should that will need rest to prevent further injury," Pospisil announced in a statement posted on his Twitter account.

"This was one of the hardest professional decision I have ever had to make; playing for your country is the biggest honor in sport and going to the Olympics is every young child's dream, as it was mine. I had to be honest with myself that I am both mentally and physically not able to make the trip.

"I will go back home to rest, rehab, and spend time with family and hope to be ready for the hard court swing. "Thank you all for the support as always."

Pospisil joins Roger Federer

Federer, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, also pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics this week.

Federer, who underwent two knee surgeries last season, withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics due to knee issues. "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 announced on social media.

"I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honor 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. As always, Hopp Schwiz!"

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