Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer has been forced to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics with a knee injury. Federer, who underwent two knee surgeries last season, last played at Wimbledon, where he made the quarterfinal.
Federer, who is one of the most accomplished players in tennis history but has never won an Olympic gold in singles, is disappointed because he won't be able to represent Switzerland at the Olympics. "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!"
Federer didn't want to panic
After suffering a straight-set defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarterfinal, Federer said he would take time before deciding his next step. “I just got to talk to the team, take my time, not feel rushed by you guys or anybody else.
I got to … take the right decision, the one decision I want to take and where I feel most comfortable," Federer said after the loss. “But no. I hope not that that's going to happen. The goal is to play, of course”.
Federer was disappointed with the outcome against Hurkacz but overall he was happy with his Wimbledon campaign. “The team and me were actually very happy I made it as far as the quarters here,” Federer said.
“I feel like there was a chance [against Hurkacz], but that's how it goes. I'll be fine. I have perspective about it, so it's all good. “I felt very disappointed in the moment itself. I still am. At the same time there's always a weight that falls off your shoulders when a tournament is over, when a huge goal is made or missed.
It doesn't matter actually. You feel the weight is gone and you're exhausted. I feel horribly exhausted. I could go for a nap right now”.