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Roger Federer pulls out of the 2016 Rio Olympics

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On Tuesday, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, 34, announced he will miss the 2016 Rio Olympics, as well as the rest of the tennis season. The World No. 3 released a statement via Facebook:



At the London 2012 Games, Federer won a silver medal in men's singles. 


The 17-time Grand Slam winner suffered a torn meniscus in January, just after losing in the semifinals of this year's Australian Open. Following surgery, he withdrew from a number of tournaments over the next several months as he recovered. When he did return to competition in the spring, Federer also complained of longstanding back issues.


In May, Federer opted against playing in the French Open, missing his first Grand Slam competition since 2000.



However, Federer enjoyed a deep run at this June's Wimbledon Championships, where he had previously won 7 Grand Slam titles. There, he lost to Canada's Milos Raonic in a tight five-set semifinal match. Federer's knee gave out at a key point in the match, causing a physical trainer to visit the court. At the time, the severity of that misstep was unknown.



Federer made his Olympic debut at the Sydney 2000 Games. Though he did not win a medal, he did meet his wife, Mirka. After going home empty-handed at the Athens 2004 Games, he won a gold medal in men's doubles alongside compatriot Stan Wawrinka at the Beijing 2008 Games. The World No. 3 finally earned his first singles medal at the London 2012 Games, where he fell to Great Britain's Andy Murray in the final.


During his remarkable career, Federer has racked up over 1000 match wins and spent more than 300 nonconsecutive weeks as the World No. 1. Many considered an Olympic gold medal in singles his only missing achievement.


At the Rio Games, Federer was set to compete in men's singles, as well as mixed doubles alongside compatriot Martina Hingis. 


NBC Olympics will have more information as the story develops.



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