‘Tennis King’ Federer not attending Olympics

Roger Federer waves as he leaves the court after losing the quarterfinals at Wimbledon 2021. London = Associated Press

The Tokyo Olympics are struggling to dispel concerns about the coronavirus. However, the continuous announcements of star players’ absences often pour cold water into the atmosphere.

In particular, tennis, which has a big stage called the 4 major tournaments, is such an event. Already in the men’s singles, star players such as Rafael Nadal (35, Spain, 3rd) and Dominic Tim (28, Austria, 6th) have given up participating in the men’s singles. In the women’s event, Sophia Kenin (23, USA, 4th), Bianca Andrescu (21, Canada, 5th), Simona Halef (30, Romania, 9th), and Serena Williams (40, USA, 16th) also did not participate. declared

Another superstar was added to the absentee list. “Tennis King” Roger Federer (40, Switzerland, 8th, photo). On the 14th, he announced to his social networking service (SNS) that he would not participate in the competition, saying, “Unfortunately, I have a problem with my knee.” Federer, who won the doubles title in Beijing in 2008, but only won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics in singles, has shown enthusiasm for the Olympics. However, following an injury in Rio 2016, he was again absent. With Federer’s absence, the Tokyo Olympics tennis was held in a shabby match comparable to that of a small and medium-sized professional tournament. Moreover, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic (34, Serbia) also answered “50-50” when asked about his participation in the Olympics, so it is unclear whether he will participate.

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