Roger Federer Reportedly Set to Miss Tokyo Olympics After Wimbledon Championships 2021 Disappointment

Published 07/09/2021, 3:55 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer leaves Centre Court after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz Pool via REUTERS/Edward Whitaker TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Roger Federer is arguably one of the greatest ever tennis players of all time. However, after his quarterfinal defeat at Wimbledon, it seems age is catching up with the Swiss star.

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With the Tokyo Olympics in two weeks’ time, the 39-year-old’s participation in the Olympics for the fifth time looks unlikely.

Roger Federer reportedly set to miss Tokyo Olympics

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Although Federer is an eight-time Wimbledon champion, he looked far from his dominant self this year at Wimbledon. While the Swiss star lost in straight sets to upstart Hubert Hurkacz, the most shocking part was the last set, where Federer was on the receiving end of a rare bagel.

While the 39-year-old isn’t getting any younger, the tour continues to be more demanding for players. After suffering an upset defeat at his most successful Grand Slam, Federer seems most likely to miss the Tokyo Olympics.

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

Although Federer missed the 2016 Rio Olympics due to a knee injury, the reasons for missing this one could be different. While exhaustion could play a part, the restrictions getting tighter in Japan could play just as big a part in his decision.

While the Swiss star has set an example for the new generation of players on the tour, former tennis player Chris Evert believes he needs to work harder should he continue to compete.

She said“If he’s going to come back, he’s got to work harder than he’s ever worked before and he’s got to realise there are a lot of young guys coming up who are dangerous… It’s going to be tougher and tougher. If he wants to play, he’s going to have to deal with more losses.”

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Who are the other players missing out on the Olympics?

Should Federer ultimately decide against participating in Tokyo, he will join a list of famed stars doing the same. This list includes 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, and fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka. In addition, Serena Williams and Simona Halep will also not take part in Tokyo later this month.

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Although Federer hasn’t won a gold medal in the singles category at the Olympics, it seems he will miss out on it for the second time in a row.

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