Federer to miss Olympics, US Open

July 27, 2016
file In this July 8, 2016 photo, Roger Federer of Switzerland receives medical attention during his men's semi-final singles match against Milos Raonic of Canada at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

NEW YORK, AP:

Roger Federer is sitting out the rest of this season, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and US Open, to protect his surgically repaired left knee.

Federer wrote on his Facebook page yesterday that he needs ''more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year.''

''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,'' Federer said.

The owner of a record 17 Grand Slams titles turns 35 on August 8, so the reference to ''another few years'' might give his fans increased hope of seeing Federer continue to wield a racket for quite some time.

His agent, Tony Godsick, wrote in an email to The Associated Press that Federer's plan is to ''be ready for the start of next year.''

Federer is the first member of tennis' so-called ''Big 4'' - a group that also includes No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, 14-time major champion Rafael Nadal and 2012 gold medalist Andy Murray - to pull out of the Rio Games, where that sport's competition starts on August 6, a day after the opening ceremony.

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