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Roger Federer pulls out of 2020 Olympics, citing knee injury

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

“I’m tremendously 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 season.”

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

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

Federer joins a rising listing of gamers who’re forgoing the possibility for Olympic gold this summer season for quite a lot of causes.

Beforehand, 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 vital restrictions because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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