The unknowns about Roger Federer's future are increasingly numerous after his renunciation of the Tokyo Olympics. The Games were in fact one of his great goals in this 2021, during which he managed to play a number of games much lower than expected.
The former world number 1 reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, a good result considering his age and the ups and downs he has had to deal with over the past year and a half. The extent of the defeat against Hubert Hurkacz and the level of play shown did not leave the Swiss veteran indifferent, who even suffered a bagel in the third set.
A few days later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had suffered a relapse in his knee operated on twice and the consequent forfeit at the Games. Many are wondering if King Roger will be ready for the US Open, staged in late August in front of 100% spectators.
A possible renunciation of the last Grand Slam of the season would thicken other dark clouds over the conditions of the almost 40-year-old from Basel. In response to an article in the New York Times, former Spanish tennis player Emilio Sanchez expressed his point of view on the moment Federer is going through.
Emilio Sanchez on Roger Federer
“No one remembers Roger Federer came back after more than a year from his injury and resumed just 6 weeks ago. Roger should do his best to get ready next year. If without games he makes quarterfinals, if he was in the rhythm, he could have a shot at the title.
Tennis needs to continue" - Emilio Sanchez stated. As we know the Tokyo Olympic Games are around the corner, there is an unfortunate update with the players missing from this year’s edition. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams are some of the big names that are on the list of absentees.
Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty will be headlining the event. Besides them, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev are featuring. In women’s, Naomi Osaka, Aryna Sabalenka, Elina Svitolina are a few prominent names competing.
The Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo from the 23rd of July till the 8th of August. We wish all the athletes competing in the Games the best of luck in representing their nation. The players from the men’s section that won’t be seen are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Stanislas Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Denis Shapovalov, Nick Kyrgios, David Goffin, Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, Dan Evans, Alex de Minaur, Matteo Berrettini.