Roger Federer has announced that he will not take part in the 2016 Rio Olympics. In fact, the former world #1 has gone on to state on that he will not be taking part in any further tournaments in 2016!
This is what he posted on his Facebook page,
I’m extremely disappointed to announce that I will not be able to represent Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Rio and that I will also miss the remainder of the season. Considering all options after consulting with my doctors and my team, I have made the very difficult decision to call an end to my 2016 season as I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year. 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. It is tough to miss the rest of the year. However, the silver lining is that this experience has made me realize how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries. The love I have for tennis, the competition, tournaments and of course you, the fans remains 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.
Thanks for your continued support.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner was not able to qualify for the final at Wimbledon, losing to Milos Raonic this year and did not take part in the French Open prior to that.
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