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Tennis great Roger Federer pulls out of Olympics, citing knee injury

The 39-year-old underwent two knee operations in 2020.

“I’m vastly dissatisfied, because it has been an honor and spotlight of my profession every time I’ve represented Switzerland,” Federer wrote in an announcement. “I’ve already begun rehabilitation within the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer time.”

Federer, a 20-time grand slam champion, competed in every Olympics between 2000 and 2012, profitable males’s doubles gold in Beijing in 2008 and males’s singles silver in London in 2012. He missed the 2016 Olympics attributable to a knee injury.

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He most just lately performed at Wimbledon the place he was knocked out of the match within the quarterfinals. He final received a grand slam match in January 2018 on the Australian Open.

Federer joins a rising record of gamers who’re forgoing the prospect for Olympic gold this summer time for a range of causes.

Previously, fellow 20-time slam winner Rafael Nadal, together with Serena Williams, Sofia Kenin, Dominic Thiem, Simona Halep, Nick Kyrgios, Bianca Andreescu and Denis Shapovalov have all introduced their intention to skip the Tokyo Olympics, that are set to start July 23 beneath significant restrictions as a result of ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
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