Roger Federer will miss next month’s Rio Olympics and the rest of the tennis season, the 17-time Grand Slam champion with 88 career singles titles announced on Tuesday.
"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 Swiss tennis player posted to his Facebook account.
"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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Federer, who will turn 35 on Aug. 8, underwent arthroscopic surgery for torn cartilage in his left knee on Feb. 3, stemming from a freak bathtub mishap, and then won the Monaco Masters in April. However, he was beset by back problems that forced him to withdraw from the French Open a month later. He then rebounded at Wimbledon earlier in July, only to lose to Milos Raonic in the semifinals.