Saturday, 28 January 2023

Tokyo Olympics: Roger Federer out with Injury

Roger Federer out of the Tokyo Olympics.

On Tuesday, Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer announced that he wouldn't be playing in the Tokyo Olympics, which began on July 23. In a statement, he disclosed that he suffered a hitch with his knee.

"During the grass-court season, I, unfortunately, experienced a hitch with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games,

On Tokyo Olympics, Roger Federer wrote.

"I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honor and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland," he added.

"I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer," the Swiss maestro added in his statement.

"I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be rooting hard from afar," he concluded.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner has been troubled by his knee issues for a while now. He had undergone two knee surgeries in 2020.

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He pulled out of the French Open this year intending to improve his condition to mount a challenge at Wimbledon, but he looked unconvincing at the All England Club and was knocked out at quarter-finals by Poland's Hubert Hurkacz.

Roger Federer publicizes that he is pulling out of the Tokyo Olympics pic 2Getty Images

Federer won the Silver medal men's singles event at the 2012 London Olympics while he had won Gold at the 2008 Beijing Games in doubles.

For Tokyo Olympics, Roger Federer is now joining Rafael Nadal in missing the Games, Novak Djokovic is the favorite for the men's singles title in Tokyo.

Having won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon, Djokovic is still on track to record a Golden Grand Slam.

Federer, who missed the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games due to his left knee, underwent two right knee surgeries in 2020 after the Australian Open.

In March this year, he returned to the Tour in Doha and has a 9-4 match record from five tournament outings, with his best result being a run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals (l. to Hurkacz).

The 28-time ATP Masters 1000 champion won a doubles gold medal with Stan Wawrinka in Beijing in 2008 and a singles silver medal (l. to Murray) in London in 2012.

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