"Unfortunately I had a knee relapse during the grass season and therefore I have to accept to withdraw from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. I am deeply sorry, since it has always been an honor to represent Switzerland every time.
I have already started the rehabilitation process with the hope of returning by the end of the summer. I wish the whole Swiss team every luck and will cheer strongly from afar. As always, Hopp Schwiz!" With these words, on July 13th, Roger Federer announced that he would not participate in the Tokyo Olympics.
To stop the Swiss champion was still the knee, which already at Roland Garros had not allowed him to take the field against Matteo Berrettini in the round of 16. The gold medal in singles is one of the few goals that the 20-time winner of a Grand Slam tournament has failed to achieve; for this reason, his forfeit has hit the world of tennis and all its fans.
The splendid initiative of Roger Federer
Federer, for obvious reasons, is not only involved on the court, it is the latest initiative he has completed that could really help the less fortunate. The Swiss has in fact put up for auction about 300 autographed memorabilia; memorabilia including precious objects such as the outfit used at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and as some of the rackets that contributed to the victory of a Grand Slam.
The auction also ended up with cuffs, jackets, bags and a number of jerseys that in one way or another accompanied his path in the ATP Tour. All the money raised thanks to the splendid initiative went directly to the Roger Federer Foundation.
This is 4.7 million dollars, which will finance the activities promoted by the Federer foundation in southern Africa and Switzerland. "I am really thrilled by the generosity and enthusiasm of the support you have shown all over the world," said Federer, gleaned from the official ATP website.
"We started collecting the articles that have accompanied me throughout my career, because we thought that maybe one day we could give them meaning. We are honored to see that the decision made will make a profound difference in the lives of so many children," he added.