Roger Federer withdraws from Tokyo Olympics due to knee injury

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Roger Federer
announced on Tuesday he has withdrawn from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics after a
“setback” in his recovery from a knee injury.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was knocked out of Wimbledon
in the quarter-finals by Hubert Hurkacz last week.

The 39-year-old Federer, who has never won an Olympic
singles gold medal, underwent two surgeries on his right knee in 2020.

“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 said in a statement on social media.

The tennis competitions in Japan are set to start on July
24, the day after the opening ceremony.

Federer, who turns 40 next month, pulled out of the French
Open after reaching the fourth round, hoping to get fit for Wimbledon.

He showed signs of his best during his run to the
quarter-finals, but bowed out tamely, losing 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 to Poland’s
Hurkacz.

That defeat sparked talk among fans and pundits speculating
whether the eight-time Wimbledon winner would retire, with Federer saying he
“didn’t know” if his Wimbledon career was over.

But on Tuesday, the former world number one said he was
hoping to return to the ATP Tour later this summer.

“I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of
returning to the tour later this summer,” he added.

“I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I
will be rooting hard for the team from afar.”

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