This has been announced by Swiss on social media. “It has always been an honor and a highlight of my career to play tennis on behalf of Switzerland during the Games. I have already started ‘rehabilitating’ so that I can return on the ATP tour later this season. I wish the entire Swiss team every success and will cheer you at home. Go Switzerland,” he writes.
It would be his fifth participation. Federer, who was recently knocked out in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games; in doubles with Stan Wawrinka. Four years later, he took silver in singles; he then lost in London in the final to Scotsman Andy Murray. Federer also withdrew from the 2016 Games.
The tennis tournament in Tokyo was already quite devalued before Federer’s cancellation. Previously, Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal, among others, also withdrew from the Games. Novak Djokovic, who won his twentieth grand slam title at Wimbledon last Sunday, confessed to having doubts about his participation. The women are missing Serena Williams and Simona Halep.
Federer made his return on the tour in March this year. He withdrew from Roland Garros last month to start the grass season in the best possible way. At Wimbledon he lost in the last eight to the Pole Hubert Hurkacz. “I have to pick myself up. After Wimbledon we always sit down and talk about further plans. I need a few days for that now,” Federer said after his defeat at his favorite grand slam tournament.
At the Rio 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic tennis title went to Murray, who defeated Argentina’s Juan Martín del Potro in the final.
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