Competițiile importante rămase din 2016 sunt Jocurile Olimpice de la Rio de Janeiro (unde ar fi jucat și la dublu masculin, cu Stan Wawrinka, și la dublu mixt, cu Martina Hingis; lui Roger îi lipsește aurul în proba de simplu, având titlul olimpic la dublu, alături de Stan, în 2008, la Beijing) și turneul de Masre Șlem de la US Open.

Roger Federer a dat asigurări că dragostea și motivația i-au rămas intacte, dar că are nevoie de această pauză, după ce s-a consultat cu medicii.

Iată mesajul lui Federer, de pe Facebook:

”Dear Fans,

Im extremely disappointed to announce that I will not be able to represent Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Rio and that I will also miss the remainder of the season. 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. 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.

Thanks for your continued support.

Roger”.

Elvețianca Martina Hingis, cea care ar fi trebuit să-i fie parteneră lui Roger Federer la Jocurile Olimpice, și-a exprimat, tot pe Facebook, regretul pe contul său de Facebook:

”It is unfortunate that Roger will not be playing any tournaments for the remainder of the 2016 season, which includes the Rio Olympics. Naturally, I would have loved to partner with him there, but I know that it was a very tough decision for him and he is equally disappointed. Obviously, I wish him a full and speedy recovery and hope to see him playing again soon!”.

Cel mai probabil, Federer se va întoarce pe terenuri la Cupa Hopman, competiție interțări programată în ianuarie anul viitor. Roger revine la Cupa Hopman după o absență de 15 ani.