Roger Federer will not participate in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Like his long-time rival, Rafael Nadal, the Swiss also announced that he will be withdrawing from the Games due to a knee problem after being eliminated at Wimbledon in the quarter-finals against the Pole Hubert Hurkacz.
Federer himself announced it in a message on social media, posting a photo of the 2008 Beijing Games, when he was standard-bearer and won the gold medal in doubles paired with Stan Wawrinka. Gold in singles, on the other hand, will remain an unfulfilled goal in the fantastic showcase of the Basel, who was defeated in the final by Andy Murray in London 2012.
On Instagram he wrote: "I'm sorry, I hope to be back at the end of the summer. During the season on the grass I had a knee problem and I decided to retire from the Tokyo Olympic Games. I'm very sorry, it was always an honor to represent Switzerland.
I have already started rehabilitation in the hope of returning to the Tour by the end of the summer. I wish the whole Swiss team luck and will cheer from afar."
Out also Bianca Andreescu
With a post on Instagram the Canadian Bianca Andreescu, number 5 in the world and currently without a coach, announced that she will not participate in the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
Only a few hours ago, the announcement of Roger Federer, who will not be present at Tokyo for a new knee problem. Andreescu last year, between pandemic and physical problems, did not even play a game, while this year, last April, he reached the final in Miami, in which she lost by retirement from world number 1 and neo Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty, and she has played only 8 games since, winning 3 and losing 5 and exiting in the first round at both the Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
On Instagram, Andreescu wrote: "I would like to inform you that I have made the very difficult decision to not play in the Tokyo Olympics later this month. I have been dreaming of representing Canada at the Olympics since I was a little girl, but with all the challenges we are facing as it relates to the pandemic, I know that deep in my heart, this is the right decision to make for myself.
I look forward to representing Canada in future Fed Cup ties, and competing at the 2024 Olympics in Paris! " Despite her young age, Bianca has won three WTA titles over the course of her injury-studded career, including a Grand Slam event: the 2019 US Open, becoming the first Canadian tennis player to be awarded a Major and the first teenager to realize the enterprise thirteen years after Maria Sharapova.
She also boasts the victory of the Indian Wells Premier Mandatory and the Rogers Cup also in 2019; this latter title had been missing from the Canadian bulletin board for fifty years, when she was the winner of Faye Urban.
With the 4th position in the world rankings, reached on 21 October 2019, she becomes the Canadian tennis player with the best placement ever in the rankings, breaking the record previously held by Eugenie Bouchard (5th position).