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Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics because of a setback to his knee suffered during the grass-court season.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