Roger Federer has made a major decision.
After mulling whether he would be participating in the Summer Games, the 39-year-old Swiss legend has announced that he will not be participating in the Tokyo Olympics later this month.
The wear and tear of the grass-court season aggravated a lingering injury that prompted Federer’s decision.
“During this grass court season, I unfortunately experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games,” Federer wrote.
“I am greatly disappointed, as it has been a honor 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 the best of luck and I will be rooting hard from afar. As always, Hopp Schwiz!”
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) July 13, 2021
With Federer and Rafael both out of the Tokyo Olympics, the path is clear for world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to win gold at the Summer Games after capping off his 20th Grand Slam win at Wimbledon. Will he go for the Golden Slam? We’ll have to wait and see.
The Olympics officially kick off on Friday, July 23, and will run through Sunday, August 8.