Tennis legend Roger Federer will miss the rest of this season, meaning he will be absent from next month’s Rio Olympics and the US Open. The 17-time grand slam champion has taken the decision on his doctor’s advice in the hope of prolonging his career.
Federer needs to recover from a knee problem and aims to return to the ATP World Tour in 2017. The injury was originally sustained after the world No.3 slipped while running a bath for his twin daughters the day after he lost to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semis. It resulted in a torn meniscus and then arthroscopic surgery.
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He then missed the French Open with a back injury before returning at Wimbledon with another semi-final run. This bad run of injuries is in complete contrast to the rest of his career. Prior to this year’s French Open, the Swiss had not missed the main draw of a major since the 1999 US Open – an incredible run of 65 straight majors.
“The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury-free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover”, Federer wrote on his Facebook page.
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Federer has only played seven events this season. In 2008, he was Switzerland’s flag-bearer at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony and went on to win doubles gold with Stan Wawrinka. The two combined again to win the Davis Cup for Switzerland in 2014 but singles Olympic gold has eluded Federer. The closest he came was runner-up to Andy Murray in London 2012.
Federer turns 35 during the Games and said: “It’s tough to miss the rest of the year. However, the silver lining is that this experience has made me realise how lucky I’ve been throughout my career with few injuries.”
“The love I have for tennis, the competition, tournaments and of course you the fans remain intact.
“I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017.”
The Olympic tennis event has been sandwiched between two Masters 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati, which act as significant US Open warm-up tournaments. The ATP has made sure the event in Rio will be played on hard courts to not disrupt player preparation. The annual Rio Open in February is played on clay.
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