Federer, who turns 40 subsequent month, had two knee surgical procedures in 2020 which resulted in additional than a 12 months of rehabilitation, with the Swiss returning to motion in March — 13 months after his Australian Open semi-closing exit final 12 months.
He withdrew from the French Open final month regardless of successful his third spherical match to save lots of himself for the grass-court docket season, the place he sought a report-extending ninth title at Wimbledon however was crushed within the quarter-closing by Hubert Hurkacz.
“During the grass court season, I unfortunately experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games,” Federer mentioned on Twitter.
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“I’m drastically upset, because it has been an honour and spotlight of my profession every time I’ve represented Switzerland.
“I’ve already begun rehabilitation within the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer season. I want the whole Swiss group the very best of luck and I will likely be rooting exhausting from afar.”
Federer won the gold medal in the doubles at the 2008 Games in Beijing when he partnered with Stan Wawrinka while he had to settle for silver in the singles four years later in London when he was beaten by Briton Andy Murray on Wimbledon’s Centre Court.
He was also Switzerland’s flag bearer at the 2004 and 2008 Games.
Federer joins a list of big names to skip the July 23-Aug. 8 Tokyo Games after Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Bianca Andreescu also decided not to compete.
Novak Djokovic, who has won the first three Grand Slams of the year, said he was “50-50” about competing in Tokyo following the organisers’ decision to ban fans from attending and the restrictions on the number of people he can take to the Games.