The tennis superstar Roger Federer has announced that he will not be representing Switzerland at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Worse, he will also miss the entire season due to his ailing knee.
In a letter to his supporters posted on his Facebook page, Federer expressed his disappointment at not being able to compete. According to the post, he needs to undergo a more extensive rehabilitation. Doctors told him to give his knee and his entire body ample time to fully recover and get back on track. The Swiss legend continues to be positive. He said that he remains to be “as motivated as ever” and promises to come back better, stronger, and healthier next year.
In the previous games, Federer has already collected medals for his home country. He won a silver medal in singles at the 2012 London Olympics, where he was bested by Britain’s Andy Murray. In addition, he won a gold medal in doubles with partner Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, a gold in singles continues to elude the 17-time Grand Slam title winner. At age 34, the 2016 Rio Olympics might be the final chance for the tennis ace to win it. It is unfortunate that he might end his long, illustrious career without bagging an Olympic gold medal in singles.
With Federer on the sidelines, other notable tennis superstars continue to build momentum on the road to capturing Olympic gold. World number one Novak Djokovic is still regarded as the heavy favorite. Then again, Andy Murray does not plan on failing to defend his title. Still, a lot of tennis fans would miss the skill and prowess of The Maestro at the games.
Photo courtesy:Roger Federer/Facebook page