Injury forces Roger Federer to miss Rio, remaining 2016 season
Swiss legend Roger Federer says he needs more extensive rehabilitation following his knee surgery earlier this year
One of the biggest names in the men's draw at Rio Olympics 2016, Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer will not be in action in the biggest sporting extravaganza.
The 17-time Grand slam winner, troubled by persistent injuries with the latest being his knee, has decided to call an end to the 2016 season, including the upcoming Olympic Games.
"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," said the 34-year-old in a Facebook post, Xinhua news agency reported.
"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."
Federer had to undergo a left knee surgery in February after being ousted in the semifinals in Australian Open.
Although he returned to compete in the Monte Carlo Masters in April, the Swiss was forced to withdraw from French Open with a back problem in May.
"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," said Federer, who reached the Wimbledon semi-final earlier this month but required treatment on his knee before being defeated in the semifinals by Milos Raonic.
"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," he said.
"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," said Federer, who will turn 35 next month.