Roger Federer has announced his decision to pull out from the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Federer declared his decision via his social media handles explaining the cause of his withdrawal.
While Federer was playing at the 2021 Wimbledon, the Swiss tennis team for the Olympics was declared with Federer also being a part of it. However, with the conclusion of the Grand Slam where Federer was knocked out in straight-sets from the quarter-final stage, Federer took the call on his participation at the Olympics and unfortunately he decided to withdraw his name.
Federer experienced some issues with his knee and to not force his body into playing and maintain fitness, Federer decided not to play in Tokyo this year. Federer had already been out for 15 months after the 2020 Australian Open due to his knee surgery and rehabilitation which followed later.
“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. I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honour 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!,” wrote Federer in his message to the fans declaring his withdrawal.
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Roger had also pulled out of the 2021 French Open after his 3rd round victory to maintain his fitness for the Grass season and specifically Wimbledon 2021. However, with another setback, it may be a while when Federer returns on the court again.
With many players already confirming their participation in the upcoming tournaments, Federer had not made any such comments and now the reason is clear what was the reason behind it.
With the Hardcourt season beginning, Federer will be hoping to get to full fitness and look for his first title of the season in what has been a cautious season by the Swiss who has been choosing his tournaments carefully to prolong his career.