Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and British primary Johanna Konta have each pulled out of this summer season’s Tokyo Olympics.
Federer, 39, has suffered a setback with an present knee damage.
Konta, 30, has contracted Covid after withdrawing from Wimbledon when a member of her staff examined constructive and he or she was recognized as an in depth contact.
The Swiss legend received doubles gold at Beijing 2008 and silver in 2012, shedding the singles closing to Andy Murray.
Federer, now ranked quantity 9 on this planet, had two knee surgical procedures in 2020.
Within the final two years he has seen his Grand Slam tally equalled by Spain’s Rafael Nadal on the 2020 French Open and most just lately by Serbia’s Novak Djokovic – who received a twentieth main at Wimbledon 2021.
After shedding to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz within the quarter-finals of Wimbledon Federer instructed reporters he was unsure whether he would play at SW19 again.
Konta pulled out of Wimbledon earlier than it began as she was forced to withdraw and isolate when a member of her staff examined constructive for Covid.
She says she then developed signs and has now examined constructive, including that she has been unable to coach for the previous two and a half weeks and felt she wouldn’t be able to compete in Tokyo.
“It is a heartbreaking actuality for me, as representing Workforce GB on the Olympic Video games in Rio in 2016 is one among my most treasured recollections from my profession,” Konta stated on social media.
“I will be doing my finest to get again to full well being and health and able to be competing once more quickly.
“Throughout this time, I will even be glued to my TV cheering on my fellow Workforce GB athletes and hope you’ll all be a part of me.”
Konta has solely been in a position to play 15 matches this 12 months due to damage and Covid-related constraints.
Workforce GB will not be in a position to title a alternative for Konta, as no different British gamers are ranked extremely sufficient to qualify, so her withdrawal deprives Heather Watson of a doubles associate.
The British quantity two shall be restricted to singles until she and Joe Salisbury make the lower for the combined doubles. The entry checklist shall be confirmed as soon as the Video games are underway.
Dan Evans, Andy Murray and the Wimbledon combined doubles champion Neal Skupski full the GB staff for the tennis, which begins on 24 July.