Federer withdraws from the Tokyo Olympics

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer announced on Tuesday that he has withdrawn from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, due to a knee injury during the grasscourt season.

Federer, who will celebrate his 40th birthday next month, underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 and will need rehabilitation in more than a year.

He withdrew from the French Open after winning the third round match to spare his efforts for the grasscourt season, as he was eliminated in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

“During the grasscourt season, unfortunately I had a knee set and accepted the necessity of withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics,” Federer said on Twitter.

“I am very disappointed and it was an honor to decorate my career every time I represent Switzerland,” Reuters quoted the Swiss star as saying.

“The rehabilitation process has begun with the hope of returning to the professional tournaments later this summer, and I wish the entire Swiss team good luck and will support them from a distance.”

Federer won a gold medal in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and a silver in singles four years later in London.

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