Roger Federer has revealed that he will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics this month because of a knee ailment.
“During the grass-court season, I regrettably had a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must retire from the Tokyo Olympic Games,” the five-time year-end World No. 1 said on Twitter. “I am really sad, since representing Switzerland has always been a privilege and a pleasure of my career.”
I’ve already started my recovery with the aim of rejoining the tour later this summer. I wish the entire Swiss squad well and will be cheering them on from afar. Hopp Schwiz, as always!”
Federer, who missed the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro owing to a left knee injury, had two right knee operations after the Australian Open in 2020.
In March of this year, he returned to the Tour in Doha, where he has a 9-4 match record in five tournament appearances, with his best finish being a run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals (l. to Hurkacz).
In Beijing in 2008, the 28-time ATP Masters 1000 champion won a doubles gold medal with Stan Wawrinka, and in London in 2012, he earned a singles silver medal (l. Andy Murray).