Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has announced that he will not be able to represent Switzerland at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and that he will miss the rest of the season due to a rehabilitation process after his knee operation earlier this year.
“I am extremely disappointed to announce that I will not be able to represent Switzerland at the Rio Olympics and that I will also miss the rest of the season,” Federer noted on his Facebook profile.
“Considering all the options after consulting with my doctors and my team, I have made the very difficult decision to end my season because I need a more extensive rehabilitation after my knee operation earlier this year,” he added.
The world number 3 underwent knee surgery in February, after he broke his meniscus in the semifinals of the Australian Open. The Swiss returned to the circuit in the Rome and Monte Carlo tournaments, but was again out of Roland Garros due to physical problems.
The one from Basel reappeared again in Stuttgart, already within the grass tour, and played the Halle and Wimbledon tournaments, where he reached the semifinals on separate occasions.
“The doctors warned me that if I want to play in the ATP circuit free of injury for a few years, as I try to do, I must give both my knee and my body adequate recovery time,” Federer said in your letter.
The Swiss, silver medalist in the London 2012 Olympic Games in the individual category and gold in the doubles category in Beijing 2008 together with Stan Wawrinka, will not be able to attend his fifth Olympic event.
Semifinalist in Sydney 2000, where he lost the bronze to the Frenchman Arnaud Di Pasquale, participant in Athens 2004 where he fell in the second round, quarter-finalist in Beijing 2008 and finalist before Andy Murray in London 2012, Federer will not be eligible for the title that missing: gold in an Olympic Games.
Likewise, the former number 1 will not be able to play this season in the rest of the illustrious tournaments of the circuit such as the United States Open, where he has been a winner on five occasions, the 1,000 Masters in Cincinnati, Shanghai or Paris, as well as the ATP World Tour Finals. From london.
It’s hard to miss the rest of the season. However, the positive side is that this experience has made me understand how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries, “he confessed.
The Swiss showed his best wishes for the 2017 season, where he hopes to come back strong. “The love I have for tennis, competition, tournaments and, of course, for you, the fans, remains intact,” he said.
“I am as motivated as ever and with a plan to put all my energy and return strong, healthy and fit to play tennis in 2017. Thank you for your continued support,” he closed. EFE