Roger Federer Withdraws From Olympics, Reveals “Setback” With Knee

by Staff | July 13th, 2021, 2:51 pm

Roger Federer officially withdrew from the Olympics, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced today. While it doesn’t come as a huge shock that he opted not to play, it was a surprise to hear his reason.

Federer revealed he suffered a “setback” with his surgically repaired knee during Wimbledon. Because of that, he would need additional time for rehab with an aim to return to play later this summer.

“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,” Federer posted on Instagram. “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. As always, Hopp Schwiz! 🇨🇭 🏅 🇯🇵”

In his last match, there was a moment in the second set tiebreaker against Hubert Hurkacz where it appeared he may have done something to the knee. He then lost the third in a bagel, his first ever at Wimbledon.

Federer, who turns 40 next month, won the gold medal in doubles at the Olympics with Stan Wawrinka in 2008 at Beijing.

With the COVID restrictions in Tokyo, lack of fans, positioning in the calendar and the travel limitations, several players have opted out of playing.

Among the Top 10, as of now Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini are still scheduled. But Djokovic has said he’s 50/50 on playing.

“Right now,” Djokovic said Sunday. “My plan was always to go to Olympic Games. But right now I’m a little bit divided. It’s kind of 50/50 because of what I heard in the last couple days.”

The games begin on July 24.

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15 Comments for Roger Federer Withdraws From Olympics, Reveals “Setback” With Knee

skeezer Says:

Not surprised with the news. He didn’t seem right at Wimby, especially in the last match. Bigger bummer is he will miss more than likely his last Olympics. Get well soon Maestro.
Also do not believe Djoker is considering not playing. 50/50? HaI Bet he’ll play, and he will more than likely play the well known top player Ju Ju Eyeball representing the country Who’s Dat in the final for his first Singles Gold.

Giles Says:

Skeezer. ROFL. My thoughts precisely.
Sick of faker’s BS.

Okiegal Says:

He will play…….

Giles Says:

Sure he’ll play! He likes playing against his puppets! And then his fans think it’s a great achievement when he wins!
LMAO! 👹👹👹

Wog Boy Says:

Gisele, you are still hurting? Is it because Rafa lost or more because he lost to Nole and Nole won FO beating Rafa on the way, which nobody has done it before?
Let it go Gisele, let it go.

Wog Boy Says:

From that other Rafa site, I recognised another one of our friends from here:
JULY 12, 2021 AT 10:26 PM
Regarding the Tennis Richter Scale of ❤️…..
Rafa #1
Roger #2
Novak #150…….🤣🤣🤣

Wog Boy Says:

That’s all folks, it was good to socialise with all of you, it was great two months…for Nole fans and real tennis lovers, see you around USO since Nole won’t be going to Japan…and yes, Rafa is the favourite to win USO, he desperately needs it, that’s why he is starting at the very beginning of August, to play himself into form for USO.

Ciao ciao

Okiegal Says:

@Old Man Woggie
I thought my Tennis Richter Scale of ❤️ was rather clever. Now the Fed fans can flip the top two, I will totally understand!!

Dave Says:

WogBoy with your head games again? You and I both know he’s going to Japan. He would have canceled by now.

Alison hodge Says:

Wogboy I agree with you about the football, not the way I want my country to be represented, people giving racist abuse on social media to Rashford and Saka, when their only crime was missing a penalty, on the good side though, I agree about William, Kate, and little George as it was lovely to see them celebrating like a normal family, and hearing what you said about yourself as a small boy made me smile.

Alison hodge Says:

Lol sorry wrong thread, but you know what I mean

J-K Says:

The Olympics: For anyone who is interested, Andy Murray is participating in the Olympics.

Alison: I was disgusted by the abuse following the England/Italy match – I’ll bet some of those racist people have children who benefitted from Rashford leading the English nation on the need to ensure that children did not suffer from lack of school meals.

Wog Boy Says:


Bugger, I am wrong again😉
Nole just booked his flight to Japan.

Alison hodge Says:

J K ts just horrible, people have such short memories, Rashford knows how it feels to be from a poor background, and he was giving something back to the community, and he gets treated like that, it’s the world we live in sadly😪

Truth Says:

Fraud has the no game plan syndrome. His ego was badly bruised. Obviously no knee damage.

Fed was BAGELED by a terrible grass player and Rafa was toyed with in the French semifinal, 8 months after Djoko had a mental breakdown.

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