Tennis player Roger Federer will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer due to a knee injury. The 39-year-old Swiss announced this on Tuesday on social media. “During the grass season I experienced an unfortunate relapse with my knee and so I have to accept that I have to withdraw,” said the tennis player.
Federer says he has already started his recovery and hopes to return later in the tennis season. He calls the fact that he has to skip the Games a “great disappointment”. According to him, previous participations were highlights in his career. “I will be cheering on the Swiss team from a distance.”
It is the second year in a row that Federer has had to skip the Olympics due to a knee injury. In 2016 he could not go to the Games in Rio de Janeiro for that reason. He did participate in the four Games before that. In 2008, his double play with Stan Wawrinka was rewarded with a gold medal. The last tournament Federer entered was Wimbledon, where he stranded in the quarterfinals earlier this month.
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