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Roger Federer: Knee injury forces tennis star to end season, skip Olympics

Tennis Sensation Roger Federer Has Announced That He Will Miss Rio Olympics And Rest Of The Season Due A Knee Injury. The Swiss Player Said He Needs More Extensive Rehabilitation If He Wants To Prolong His Career.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Arshi Aggarwal | Updated on: 27 Jul 2016, 08:12:59 AM
File photo Roger Federer (Source: Facebook)

New Delhi :

Tennis sensation Roger Federer has announced that he will miss Rio Olympics and rest of the season due a knee injury. The Swiss player said he needs "more extensive rehabilitation" if he wants to prolong his career.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer had knee surgery in February before missing May's French Open with a back problem.

Federer, 34, said on his Facebook page he was "extremely disappointed" to not be representing Switzerland in Rio and it was "tough" to miss the rest of 2016.

"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," he added.

Federer won doubles gold at Beijing in 2008, but has never won an Olympic singles title and lost to Britain's Andy Murray in the final at London 2012.

Federer twice required treatment during a five-set semi-final defeat by Canada's Milos Raonic at Wimbledon this month, but found a "silver lining" in his injury-troubled year.

"This experience has made me realise how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries," he said.
"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."

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First Published : 27 Jul 2016, 08:08:00 AM