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Tennis star Roger Federer withdraws from Tokyo Olympics

Federer turns 40 on Aug. 8 and is unsure of his future after a quarterfinal loss at the All England Club and two operations on his right knee last year.

WASHINGTON — Roger Federer will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics, writing on social media Tuesday that he “experienced a setback” with his knee during the grass-court season.

Federer had said before Wimbledon that he would make a decision about going to the Summer Games after the Grand Slam tournament ended.

The 39-year-old from Switzerland lost in the quarterfinals at the All England Club last week to Hubert Hurkacz.

Federer had two operations on his right knee in 2020 and went more than a full year between matches. He returned to Grand Slam action at the French Open and then pulled out of that tournament after three victories, saying he wanted to be rested and ready for the grass circuit — especially Wimbledon.

On Tuesday, he said in a post on Twitter that because of the setback, he has “accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games. I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honor and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland.”

Federer won a gold medal alongside Stan Wawrinka in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver in singles at the 2012 London Olympics, losing to Britain’s Andy Murray in the final at the All England Club.

Federer sat out the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games because of problems with his left knee.

“I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer,” wrote Federer, who turns 40 on Aug. 8.

The U.S. Open, the year’s last Grand Slam tournament, is scheduled to begin Aug. 30 in New York.

Federer joins a growing list of tennis stars who are not going to Tokyo, where COVID-19 cases have been rising as the July 23 opening ceremony approaches.

Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios are among the players who will not be competing for medals.

Novak Djokovic, who tied Federer and Nadal for the men’s record by winning his 20th major championship at Wimbledon on Sunday, said after the final that he was 50-50 on whether to go to the Games.

On the eve of Wimbledon’s start, Federer was asked where things stood for him on Tokyo.

“My feeling is I would like to go to the Olympics. I would like to play as many tournaments as possible. But I think we decided now, let’s just get through Wimbledon, sit down as a team, and then decide where we go from there,” he said then. “I wish I could tell you more. In previous years, it was definitely easier. At the moment, things are not as simple as in the past. With age, you have to be more selective. You can’t play it all.”

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Konta withdraws from Olympics after positive Covid-19 test

Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after testing positive for Covid-19

Last Updated: 13/07/21 7:38pm

Johanna Konta says it is 'heart-breaking' to miss out on representing Great Britain at the Olympics

Johanna Konta says it is ‘heart-breaking’ to miss out on representing Great Britain at the Olympics

Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after testing positive for Covid-19.

Konta said: “As some of you may know, I was unable to compete at Wimbledon this year after a member of my team tested positive for Covid-19. Unfortunately, whilst self-isolating, I also developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for the virus.

“As a result, I have been unable to train for the last two weeks and sadly, this has put my body in a situation where I am unable to ask it to be fully ready in time for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“This is a heart-breaking reality for me, as representing Team GB at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 is one of my most treasured memories from my career.

“I’ll be doing my best to get myself back to full health and fitness and ready to be competing again soon. During this time, I’ll also be glued to my TV cheering on my fellow Team GB athletes competing in Tokyo and hope you will all join me.”

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Emma Raducanu withdraws from Wimbledon after ‘difficulty breathing’

18-year-old British wildcard Emma Raducanu withdrew from her fourth-round match with Ajla Tomljanovic at Wimbledon after suffering from breathing difficulties. During the second set, Raducanu received medical attention before leaving the court to receive further treatment.

It was later announced to the crowd that she would not be able to continue, with Wimbledon confirming on Monday evening that Raducanu’s withdrawal was due to “difficulty breathing” (as per the BBC).

Raducanu had been enjoying a remarkable run at Wimbledon, defeating two opponents in the top 50, Marketa Vondrousova and Sorana Cirstea, to set up her fourth round match with Tomljanovic.

“I am actually really kind of shocked,” Tomljanovic said.

“It’s obviously so bittersweet because Emma must be really, really hurt if she came to the decision to retire.

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Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon after Rafael Nadal also pulls out of Grand Slam

The Spaniard missed out on his chance to win Grand Slam No 21 at the French Open, losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

But, while Osaka is planning to be back in action at the Tokyo Olympics, Nadal insists he needs more time to look after his body.

“Hi all, I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Nadal tweeted.

“It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision.

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Rafael Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon and Olympic Games

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Wimbledon and the upcoming Olympic Games, the Spaniard has announced.

The 35-year-old posted a long Twitter thread to announce that he would not play at the two events, explaining that he has made the decision in order to prolong his career following talks with his team. 

He has not explicitly suggested that there is an existing injury.

“Hi all, I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Nadal tweeted.

“It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision.

“The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at he maximum level of competition.

“The fact that there has only been 2 weeks between RG and Wimbledon, didn’t make it easier on my body to recuperate after the always demanding clay court season.

“They have been two months of great effort and the decision I take is focused looking at the mid and long term.

“Sport prevention of any kind of excess in my body is a very important factor at this stage of my career in order to try to keep fighting for the highest level of competition and titles.

Nadal recently relinquished his French Open title to Novak Djokovic. 

He had won the previous four editions at Roland Garros but suffered a shock semi-final exit after being beaten by Djokovic 3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2. 

Nadal was trying to win his 14th French Open title and will likely try again next year following his break. 

Djokovic proceeded to defeat 22-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas in a sensational final. 

The 34-year-old came back from two sets down to beat the Greek  6–7 2–6 6–3 6–2 6–4. 

Djokovic will attempt to win his 20th Grand Slam at Wimbledon, which would put him level with Nadal and fellow member of the big three Roger Federer. 

The Tokyo Olympics have been rearranged for this summer after they were postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Games start on July 4 and end on August 1. 

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England dealt Dean Henderson blow as Man Utd star withdraws from Euro 2020 through injury

Dean Henderson has been forced to withdraw from England’s squad for Euro 2020 after suffering a hip injury. The Manchester United goalkeeper has been replaced by Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the tournament.

Henderson was an unused substitute for England’s 1-0 win over Croatia at Wembley on Sunday and missed the squad’s subsequent training session on Monday.

England announced on Tuesday that they had decided to call up Ramsdale because Henderson’s injury would ‘continue to limit his involvement in training throughout the tournament.’

The 24-year-old goalkeeper will return to United for further assessment and rehabilitation ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Under UEFA rules, teams are allowed to replace goalkeepers because of injury at any point in the tournament and Ramsdale will join the squad at their St George’s Park training base after undergoing COVID-19 protocols.

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Speaking before Henderson’s withdrawal, United legend Rio Ferdinand expressed a belief the goalkeeper ‘still had a lot of work to do’.

“I think Dean Henderson has a lot to do still,” he said.

“He’s got to cement as his place as United’s No.1 before becoming England’s No.1.”

He then added: “He’s in the mix. I think that’s what he would have wanted. He was at Sheffield United last year, done remarkably well there.

“He’s come back to United and he’s pushing a goalkeeper who, for the last eight, nine years, has been one of the best goalkeepers around.

“For Dean Henderson just to be pushing him I think he’s done well.”

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Serena Williams loses at French Open; Federer withdraws

It was quite a blow to the tournament to see both gone from the field one after the other — and a week after Naomi Osaka pulled out, citing mental health.

Serena Williams turns 40 in September. Roger Federer hits that milestone the month before. No one knows how many more French Open appearances each will make, and this year’s tournament ended for both on Sunday.

Williams fell way behind and could not put together a comeback against a much younger and less-experienced opponent in the fourth round at Roland Garros, losing 6-3, 7-5 to Elena Rybakina — who wasn’t even born when the American made her tournament debut in 1998.

Asked whether that might have been her last match at the clay-court major, Williams responded: “Yeah, I’m definitely not thinking about it at all. I’m definitely thinking just about other things, but not about that.”

Her defeat came hours after Federer withdrew, saying he needed to let his body recover ahead of Wimbledon after a long third-round victory that ended at nearly 1 a.m. on Sunday.

Wimbledon — which Federer has won eight times and Williams seven — begins June 28.

“I’m kind of excited to switch surfaces,” Williams said. “Historically I have done pretty well on grass.”

She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles; Federer has won 20. They are two of the sport’s greatest and most popular players, so it was quite a blow to the tournament, its TV partners and tennis fans to see both gone from the French Open field one after the other — and a week after Naomi Osaka pulled out, citing a need for a mental health break.

Williams has won the French Open three times. But the American hasn’t been past the fourth round in Paris since she was the runner-up in 2016.

Rybakina is a 21-year-old from Kazakhstan who is ranked 22nd. This was just the seventh Grand Slam appearance for Rybakina — and the first time she ever made it so much as past the second round.

“When I was small, of course, I was watching her matches on TV. So many Grand Slams,” Rybakina said.

Against Williams, whose right thigh carried a heavy tape job, Rybakina hit big, flat serves. She dealt with, but managed to steady, her nerves. She even produced the occasional return winner off Williams’ speedy and spectacularly gifted serve, breaking her five times, including in the next-to-last game.

“I knew that the serve was going to be difficult for me to return. She’s powerful, but I was ready,” Rybakina said. “Then, after few points, I felt … comfortable.”

Rybakina said she followed her coach’s strategy of sending shots to Williams’ backhand side and trying to stay away from her forehand.

Every time Williams appeared as if she might turn things around, she could not quite get the momentum fully in her favor.

Down a quick break in the second set, she got to 2-all. Williams then was down 4-3 in the second set but pulled even again when Rybakina sailed a forehand well wide to get broken.

In the next game, Williams gave away the opening point when, near the baseline, she failed to get out of the way of a shot from Rybakina that was flying long. Williams smiled ruefully and leaned over, resting and propping herself up with her racket.

Repeatedly one sort of mistake or another undid Williams. She ended up with 19 unforced errors and only 15 winners.

“I’m so close. There is literally a point here, a point there, that could change the whole course of the match,” Williams said. “I’m not winning those points. That, like, literally could just change everything.”

Since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant for her most recent major singles title — No. 23 set a record for the professional era — Williams has come close to tying Margaret Court’s all-time mark of 24. That includes four runner-up finishes at Grand Slam tournaments, most recently against Bianca Andreescu at the 2019 U.S. Open.

But since then, Williams has been beaten twice in semifinals, and once each in the third and fourth rounds. Last year at the French Open, she withdrew before the second round, citing an injured left Achilles.

Federer, meanwhile, never had pulled out of a Grand Slam tournament once he had started competing in it until now.

Rybakina next will meet Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova with a semifinal berth on the line; they’re playing doubles together and are scheduled to play a third-round match in that event Monday. Pavlyuchenkova advanced with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.

The other quarterfinal on that side of the women’s draw is going to be Paula Badosa against Tamara Zidansek. Neither has been this far at a major tournament, either.

One of those four players will become a first-time Grand Slam finalist next weekend.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is still looking for his first major final, too, and he reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the second year in a row by eliminating 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

Tsitsipas next faces No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, who has won six of their previous seven meetings.

Medvedev is a two-time Grand Slam finalist — at the 2019 U.S. Open and this year’s Australian Open — but was 0-4 for his career in Paris until now. He advanced Sunday by eliminating No. 22 Cristian Garin 6-2, 6-1, 7-5.

The other quarterfinal on that side of the field will be unseeded 22-year-old Alejandro Davidovich Fokina against No. 6 Alexander Zverev or Kei Nishikori. Davidovich Fokina beat Federico Delbonis 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

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Roger Federer withdraws from French Open due to knee injury concern

“We were delighted to see Roger back in Paris, where he played three high-level matches. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season.”

Federer overcame Denis Istomin and Marin Cilic in the first two rounds of the French Open, before Saturday’s win over Koepfer.

However, he has not hidden the fact his main priority for 2021 is to compete at Wimbledon again in an attempt to win a ninth singles title at SW19.

Following the win over Koepfer, Federer hinted he could pull out of the tournament, which he has now done.

“These are all stepping stones to something that is really important to me. It is the season, and it is the comeback. I need matches like these,” Federer said.

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Jon Rahm tests positive for COVID-19, withdraws from The Memorial with 6-shot lead

Two PGA officials broke the news to Rahm after he finished his third round.

DUBLIN, Ohio — Reigning Memorial Tournament champion Jon Rahm learned he tested positive for COVID-19 and has to withdraw from the tournament, according to the PGA.

Two PGA officials broke the news to Rahm after he finished his third round.

On May 31, the PGA says Rahm was notified he was subject to contact-tracing protocols due to being in close contact with someone who was COVID-19 positive.

Going along with the TOUR’s COVID Health & Safety Plan, Rahm was given the option to stay in the competition and enter its tracing protocol, which includes daily testing and restricted access to indoor facilities.

Rahm had tested negative until his most recent test which was taken after he finished his second round Saturday morning and before the third round started.

The PGA says the test came back positive around 4:20 p.m. The medical advisor requested a confirmatory test on the original sample, which came back positive as well around 6:05 p.m.

The PGA TOUR medical advisor told Rahm immediately after he finished the third round.

Rahm will have to stay in isolation through June 15, in accordance with CDC guidelines.

“While this is an incredibly unfortunate situation, throughout 50 events since the PGA TOUR’s Return to Golf, there have only been four positive tests (including Rahm) within competition; Rahm is the first positive, asymptomatic case as part of the TOUR’s routine, contact-tracing protocols,” the PGA said in a release.

Before learning the news, Rahm started the day strong, finishing with a 64 and a six-stroke lead in the tournament.

Now that Rahm is no longer in the tournament, 2019 Memorial Tournament champion Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa head into Sunday with a tie. Both players are 12 under par for the tournament.

Cantlay finished the day four under par for the round and 12 under for the tournament.

Morikawa put in a strong day as well, finishing the day with six under par for the round and 12 under for the tournament.

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