17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has announced that he will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2016 tennis season to rehabilitate his knee that was surgically repaired earlier in the year.
Federer, 34, will miss the Summer Olympics in Rio as he looks to bounce back to full health for the final stretch of his career.
The announcement was made this afternoon on Federer’s Facebook page.
“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,” he wrote.
“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 has been four years since Federer won his last Grand Slam Championship, which came at Wimbledon in 2012. Since then, Federer has appeared in a number of finals and semifinals, but he continues to fall short.
Federer will also miss the U.S. Open this year, a tournament that he won five consecutive times.
Fans of the all-time-great should be excited about his future. Although they will have to wait until 2017, a healthy Roger Federer will be a threat to win any tournament he is a part of.