Roger Federer Withdraws from Tokyo Olympics After 'Setback With Knee'

Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals.

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Swiss tennis player and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has pulled out of the Tokyo Olympic Games due to a setback with his knee.

"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. I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an 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," the 39-year-old said in a statement posted on Twitter.


Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon earlier this month in the quarter-finals, losing to Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets – 3-6, 6-7, 0-6.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic clinched the Wimbledon title this year to equal Federer and Rafael Nadal's record of 20 Grand Slam men's singles titles.

The Tokyo Olympic Games will open on 23 July and conclude on 8 August.

The 39-year-old player had won gold in doubles competition of the 2008 Olympic Games along with Stan Wawrinka, but had lost in the quarter-finals of the singles competition.

He won silver of the 2012 London Olympics, losing to Andy Murray in straight sets.

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