Federer out of Olympics after knee setback, Konta out with COVID

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Roger Federer will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics, forced out after he “experienced a setback” with his knee during the grasscourt season.

Federer had said before Wimbledon that he would make a decision about going to the summer Games after the grand slam tournament ended.

The 39-year-old from Switzerland lost in the quarter-finals at the All England club last week to Hubert Hurkacz.

Federer had two operations on his right knee in 2020 and went more than a full year between matches. He returned to grand slam action at the French Open and then pulled out of that tournament after three victories, saying he wanted to be rested and ready for the grass circuit, especially Wimbledon.

On Tuesday, he said in a post on Twitter that because of the setback, he has “accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games. I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honour and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland.”

Federer won a gold medal alongside Stan Wawrinka in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver in singles at the 2012 London Olympics, losing to Britain’s Andy Murray in the final at the All England club.

Federer sat out the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games because of problems with his left knee.

“I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer,” wrote Federer, who turns 40 on August 8.

The US Open, the year’s last grand slam tournament, is scheduled to begin August 30 in New York.

Federer joins a growing list of tennis stars who are not going to Tokyo, where COVID-19 cases have been rising as the July 23 opening ceremony approaches.

Roger Federer has pulled out of the Tokyo Games.Credit:AP

Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios are among the players who will not be competing for medals.

Novak Djokovic, who tied Federer and Nadal for the men’s record by winning his 20th major championship at Wimbledon on Sunday, said after the final that he was 50-50 on whether to go to the Games.

On the eve of Wimbledon’s start, Federer was asked where things stood for him on Tokyo.

“My feeling is I would like to go to the Olympics. I would like to play as many tournaments as possible. But I think we decided now, let’s just get through Wimbledon, sit down as a team, and then decide where we go from there,” he said then.

“I wish I could tell you more. In previous years, it was definitely easier. At the moment, things are not as simple as in the past. With age, you have to be more selective. You can’t play it all.”

Meanwhile, Johanna Konta of Britain won’t compete at the Games after testing positive for COVID-19, she said Tuesday, after being dropped from Wimbledon just over two weeks ago when a member of her team contracted the virus.

Johanna Konta is out of the Games after contracting COVID-19.Credit:AP

The three-time grand slam semi-finalist announced on Twitter that while self-isolating as a close contact, she developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive.

“As a result, I have been unable to train for the last two-and-a-half weeks and sadly, this has put my body in a situation where I am unable to ask it to be fully ready in time for the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” wrote Konta, who is ranked 38th.

The Australian-born Konta competed in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, saying Tuesday it was “one of my most treasured memories from my career so far.”

The 30-year-old Konta had been required to self-isolate for 10 days after a member of her team tested positive just before Wimbledon.


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