This season is one of those that he will try to forget as soon as possible. Roger Federer, one of the greatest tennis players in the history of the sport, has informed the fans and the media that he will not be ready to participate at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
„I am extremely disappointed, I will not be able to represent my country at the Olympics in Rio“, Federer posted on his Facebook account.
The 17 time Grand Slam champion, was forced to pull out of the Olympics due to his knee injury that has been bothering him from earlier this year. Advised by his medical team, Federer said that he needs a more extensive treatment and rehabilitation of his knee, if he wants to prolong his career for couple of more years.
Taking all things in consideration and his current situation, Federer has also announced that, besides missing the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, he will be forced to end his season completely, which means that he will miss the US Open as well.
Federer is completely aware that he is slowly coming to the point in his career when he needs to slow down the pace and start listening to his body. With 34 years of age, Federer, who has played at 65 consecutive grand slam tournaments, has called it the end of his 2016 season in which he recorded 21 wins and 7 losses, appearing in 7 tournaments during the year.
His absence from the courts for the remainder of the season, means that this year will be the first time since 2000 that Federer will end the season without a title. It will also be the first time since 1999 that he will not participate at a Grand Slam tournament.
The probably biggest unfortunate point for Federer is that missing the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, probably means that he will miss his last chance to win a Olympic Gold medal in singles. He did win a Olympic Gold medal in doubles (Peking 2008) playing alongside his countrymen Stanislas Wawrinka, and 4 years later in London, he won the Silver medal in singles, after he was defeated in the final match by Andy Murray.
The Olympics (scheduled to kick off on Aug. 5th) will certainly provide great tennis, but without Federer on the courts, they will not be as exciting and complete.
We can only hope that he keeps his love for the game and the competition, and that he remains as motivated and comes back stronger than ever before.