Konta and Federer become the last tennis players to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics | Roger Federer

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Johanna Konta and Roger Federer both withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics.

Konta has revealed she is suffering from the aftermath of Covid-19 after a member of the British tennis star’s team tested positive during the preparation for Wimbledon.

While self-isolating, Konta has since tested positive for the virus. In a social media statement, she said: “As a result, I haven’t been able to train for the past two and a half weeks and unfortunately this has put my body in a situation where I can’t ask him to be fully ready in time for the Tokyo Olympics.

“It’s a heartbreaking reality for me, because representing the GB team at the Rio Olympics in 2016 is one of my most cherished memories of my career so far.

“I will do my best to regain full health and fitness and be ready to return to competition soon.”

Federer, Andy Murray’s runner-up in the London 2012 gold medal match, said on Twitter: “During the grass season I unfortunately suffered a setback with my knee and accepted that I had to retire from the Tokyo Olympics.

Johanna Konta withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics, citing the after-effects of Covid-19. Photograph: Wilfredo Lee / AP

“I am very disappointed because it has been an honor and a highlight of my career every time I have represented Switzerland. I have already started rehab in hopes of returning to touring later this summer. I wish the whole Swiss team good luck and I will take root from afar.

Federer and Konta join a growing list of withdrawals from tennis events at the Tokyo Games, with 2012 singles gold medalist Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem already announcing that they will not travel to Japan.

Nick Kyrgios has also said he will not compete after leaving Wimbledon with an injury, adding that “playing in empty stadiums just doesn’t suit me”. Spectators have been excluded from most Olympic events after a fourth state of emergency linked to Covid was declared in Tokyo.

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka won Olympic gold in men's doubles in 2008.
Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka won Olympic gold in men’s doubles in 2008. Photograph: Philippe Huguen / AFP / Getty Images

Federer’s quest for a ninth Wimbledon singles title ended in a straight set loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.

It was only the fifth tournament appearance in 17 months for Federer after two knee surgeries in 2020.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who turns 40 in August, retired from Roland Garros after winning his third round match in Paris in order to rest his body on the grass. He has now given up on what is surely his last chance to win a singles gold medal, having won doubles gold with Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Olympics.

Speaking after his loss at SW19, Federer confirmed it will take some time before he decides how best to move forward. “I have to regroup. My goal has always been for the past year and more to try and play another Wimbledon. I knew it was going to be very hard, to be honest. Now I just have to talk to the team, take my time, don’t feel rushed – then make the right decision.


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