After losing in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon to Hubert Hurkacz, Roger Federer decided not to participate in the Tokyo Olympics due to a knee problem. The Swiss champion would have liked to represent his country in the best possible way, but the suboptimal physical conditions represent a great obstacle at the moment. Federer needs time to recover 100% and has therefore preferred to take the time to rest and prepare for the American season, which will end with the last Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. The 20-time winner of a Grand Slam tournament entrusted his comment on this painful decision to social media. Federer will also not participate in the Olympics “Unfortunately I had a knee relapse during the grass season and therefore I have to agree to withdraw from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” Federer wrote on his Instagram account. “I am deeply sorry, since it has always been an honor to represent Switzerland every time. I have already started the rehabilitation process with the hope of returning by the end of the summer. I wish the whole Swiss team every luck and will cheer strongly from afar. As always, ‘Hopp Schwiz'”. The Tokyo Olympics have lost yet another great feature of the Tour. In fact, no tennis players of the caliber of Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios and Jannik Sinner will be present in the men’s tournament; while it was Serena Williams who renounced the Olympics in the women’s one, also thanks to the injury suffered at Wimbledon recently. After winning the twentieth Grand Slam of his career at Wimbledon last Sunday, Novak Djokovic also questioned his participation in the Olympics. The Serbian champion explained that he will carefully evaluate the restrictions that the Japanese government will establish. The absence of the public could weigh on the choice of him, fundamental for him when it comes to taking the field for Serbia. The Belgrade explained: “This was bad news, I learned it a day or two ago, they told me that there will also be several restrictions in the Olympic Village: maybe we won’t be able to see the competitions of the other athletes, and I won’t be able to bring my stringer, who is an important part of the team. I have to think about it, the plan was to go to the Olympics but now it’s 50/50”.
Becker pays tribute to the Big 3
Roger Federer’s performance at Wimbledon has led many to question his future, including six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker. The German had claimed in the immediate aftermath of the loss that we might never see Federer at SW19 again. “I have the feeling that he (Roger Federer) will not be back at Wimbledon this time next summer after what happened this week, which I think will have been a shock to him,” Becker said. “Not just to Roger, because the pace of change at the top of the men’s game has been rapid this year, and it will have taken Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal by surprise, if for different reasons.” Becker claimed that while Djokovic is still at the top of his game, Federer and Nadal, alongside Andy Murray, would be worried about the rise of the next generation. “One constant is that Djokovic is the last man standing from what we used to know as the Big Four,” Becker said. “The other three – Andy Murray was once put in that bracket – have lots to contemplate, and the changing of the guard really is upon us.”