OLYMPIC GAMES

Federer withdraws from Tokyo Olympics

Citing a setback with his knee, Roger Federer has elected not to participate at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games which are due to start in Tokyo this month.

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BREAKING NEWS: Federer withdraws from Tokyo Olympics

Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics because of a setback to his knee suffered during the grass-court season.

Federer's gold medal dream

An Olympic gold in the Men's Singles is one of the few honours missing from Federer's glittering résumé, the 20-time grand slam champion having won silver in 2012, losing the gold medal match to Andy Murray less than a month after beating the Briton in the Wimbledon final. While Murray will be in Tokyo to attempt to defend his title again having successfully retained it in 2016, Federer – a doubles gold medallist in 2008 – has elected not to make the trip to Japan.

"During the grass-court season, I unfortunately suffered a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games," Federer wrote in a statement on Twitter. "I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honour and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland. I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer. I wish the entire Swiss team best of luck and I will be rooting hard from afar. As always, Hopp Schwiz!"