Roger Federer retired from upcoming hard court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati on Thursday as he cites ongoing problems with his surgically repaired knee and casts doubt on his status for the US Open.
The prints of Federer, who turns 40 on Sunday, were announced separately from the two events.
The news follows the decision of the 20-time Grand Slam winner to suspend the Tokyo Olympics after saying he “suffered a setback” with his knee during the lawn season.
Federer has not competed since his defeat in the Wimbledon quarter-finals against Hubert Hurkacz on July 8th.
The game begins Monday in Toronto and August 16 in Cincinnati. They are traditionally the two most important preliminary rounds before the US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, which is due to start on August 30th in New York.
Federer is a seven-time champion in Cincinnati and has won two titles in Canada.
Other players whose withdrawal from Toronto was announced on Thursday: Olympic champion Alexander Zverev, Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini, Milos Raonic and Pablo Carreño Busta. Novak Djokovic retired last month.
Federer had two operations on his right knee in 2020 and was more than a full year between games. At the end of May he returned to the Grand Slam at the French Open and then withdrew from this tournament after three wins. He said he wanted to be rested and ready for the turf – especially Wimbledon.
Before the action began at the All England Club in late June, Federer was asked about the Olympics and said he would have to wait for Wimbledon to end to find out his schedule.
“It was definitely easier in the years before. At the moment things are not as simple as in the past, ”he said at the time. “With age you have to be more selective. You can’t play everything.”
When he later posted on social media that he would miss the Summer Games, Federer wrote: “I’ve already started rehabilitation hoping to return to the tour later this summer.”
Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are tied for the men’s record with 20 slam trophies.