Roger Federer has announced he is withdrawing from the Olympics in Tokyo next year with a knee injury.
“I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to play at the Tokyo Olympics. It will always be special for me,” said Federer, who will play in the singles at this summer’s Wimbledon tournament. “That being said, I’m not yet in a position to play competitively. I am confident that with the great camp I have at home and with the commitment I’ve made to myself, I will be able to be at my best in 2018.”
“I really look forward to continuing my career in 2018. My goal is to have a long and successful career, and of course I’d love to bring home the gold in Tokyo,” he added.
The 36-year-old Swiss won his eighth Wimbledon men’s singles title last month, returning to the scene of his career grand slam title in 2012.
He made the decision to withdraw from the Olympics during an internal meeting with the ATP. Federer will now miss his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title match on Saturday.