Another hard blow for Roger Federer's fans. The 39-year-old Swiss tennis player and current world number 9, announced his final withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics after suffering a relapse of a right knee injury during the Wimbledon tournament.
"During the grass season, unfortunately I noticed a new setback in my knee and I have assumed that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics," the Swiss tennis player, who underwent surgery on the joint a year ago, said on social media.
"I am very disappointed because it has been an honor and a highlight in my career every time I have represented Switzerland," added Federer who reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals. The 39-year-old Swiss tennis player, Olympic silver in London 2012 in the singles table and gold with Stanislas Wawrinka in doubles, in Beijing, four years earlier, indicated that he has already started the recovery work.
"I have already started rehabilitation with the hope of returning to the tour at the end of this summer. I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be cheering intensely. As always, Courage Switzerland !!", he concluded in his announcement.
Federer's loss in Tokyo is added to other important ones that have been accumulating in "white sport" where the Spanish Rafael Nadal, the Austrian Dominic Thiem and the American Serena Williams stand out. In this way, the winner of 20 Grand Slams will be left without one of the objectives that he set for himself since he returned to the circuit after the double intervention that he underwent.
Federer lost to Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 6-7, 0-6 at Wimbledon
British tennis legend and former US Open finalist, Greg Rusedski has expressed his opinion on the whole Roger Federer topic. He believes that Federer will remain “unsatisfied” if he retires without a Major title at the end of his career.
Roger Federer has been struggling to find his rhythm and form on the court for the past couple of years. The knee injuries and surgeries have slowed him down on the court, consequently affecting his game. However, he is focused and determined enough to get back to his winning ways and perhaps win a Grand Slam title before retiring.
“Federer has defied logic, he has defied time, he created a new game in 2017. There is not more he can create anymore because it was all based on movement, taking the ball early coming forward. So the question mark, will he be happy not being able to win majors again? And that is the big question mark only Roger can answer.
Knowing Roger from quite a young age, around 16-17 years of age, I don’t think he will be satisfied just showing up without really believing he can win,” said Greg on a show with the TENNIS channel.