“Experienced a Setback”: Roger Federer Withdraws From Tokyo Olympics 2021 Following Wimbledon Defeat

Published 07/13/2021, 12:35 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer during a press conference after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz Pool via REUTERS/Joe Toth


In a not-so surprising development ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, Swiss Maestro Roger Federer announced his withdrawal from the event due to a knee injury setback he suffered during his short grass-court outing.

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Federer, who probably had one of his worst grass court seasons on tour this year, lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in ATP Halle and was thrashed by the youngster Hubert Hurkacz in Wimbledon Championships.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville

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Against Hurkacz at SW19, the Swiss star didn’t look comfortable from the baseline at all, especially in the third set. He even put a lot of doubts in the minds of his fans after the match by saying that his future at Wimbledon was a big question mark.

As a result of this disappointing outcome at SW19, it’s expected that Federer will go back to Switzerland and prepare for the hard-court season.

Roger Federer decides to skip Tokyo Olympics due to a knee injury

Even though the Swiss star expressed interest to play at the Tokyo Olympics before Wimbledon, a lot has changed in Japan as they implemented stringent rules for international athletes attending the event.

During the grass-court season, I unfortunately experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics Games. I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honor and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland”, wrote the 20-time grand slam champion in a message posted on Twitter.

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For long, a gold medal in singles event at Olympics has been a dream for the Swiss star. Even though he won the doubles gold medal, his hopes of winning a singles medal will go in vain on account of his withdrawal from this year’s event.

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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