Roger Federer Ends 2016 Season, But Rubbishes Retirement Talks

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 | 0

In a major setback for Roger Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam champion will miss the rest of the 2016 season to recuperate from a knee injury.

Federer has been marred by a spate of injuries this year. First, a knee injury struck him in the first quarter of the season, before a back injury compelled his withdrawal from the French Open.

Subsequently, Federer had gone under the knife to get his knee issues fixed. It, however, seems that he has not yet fully recovered from the same as the Swiss announced that he’s decided to end the ongoing season ahead of time.

“Considering all options after consulting with my doctors and my team, I have made the very difficult decision to call an end to my 2016 season as I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year,” the 34-year-old wrote on his Facebook page.

This implies that Federer will miss some of the major forthcoming events including the Rio Olympics, the US Open, and the year-ending World Tour Finals. “I’m extremely disappointed to announce that I will not be able to represent Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Rio,” he added.

He, however, put the retirement talks to rest as he proclaimed that the decision was taken keeping in mind his long-term goals on court, and that he is keyed up to come back next 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,” he continued.

“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.”

Federer is scheduled to begin his 2017 season at the Hopman Cup Down Under.






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