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Roger Federer to miss Rio Olympics, US Open – out for rest of season to fully recover from knee surgery

Roger Federer just announced that his already abbreviated 2016 season is completely over.

The third-ranked player in the world and my all-time fave will miss the Olympics in Rio and the US Open but plans to return next season and wants to play at least a few more years.

Federer, who will be 35 next month, has played in few tournaments this year after suffering a knee injury that required surgery but he did manage to make it to the semifinals of Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

The winner of a record 17 grand slam tournaments writes on his Facebook page: “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,” Federer wrote. “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. It is tough to miss the rest of the year.

“However, the silver lining is that this experience has made me realize how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries. The love I have for tennis, the competition, tournaments and of course you, the fans remains intact. 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.”

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