By Ros Satar

  • Roger Federer announces his 2016 season is over staring with his withdrawal from the Rio Olympics
  • Needs more rehabilitation after knee surgery earlier in the year
SWITZERLAND – Roger Federer announced via his Facebook page that his 2016 season is over, citing the need for more rehabilitation after knee surgery earlier this year.

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The announcement below from his official Facebook page, confirms that he will not only miss out on the Rio Olympics, starting in less than two weeks, but that he was calling time on the rest of his season.

It has been a rollercoaster year for the 17-time Grand Slam champion. After starting the season reaching the Brisbane final (l. to Milos Raonic) he made it to the Australian Open semi-final, before a freak accident saw him have knee surgery in February.

As a result he did not return to the tour until the Monte Carlo Masters, but more bad luck was on its way, with having to pull out of the Madrid Masters with lower back pain, and Roland Garros, before returning on the grass, making the semi-finals of Halle, and Wimbledon.

Looking at the end of the season, he was defending champion in Cincinnati, and at his home tournament in Basel, as well as last year’s US Open and ATP World Tour Finals finalist.

It was recently announced that he had confirmed he would play the Hopman Cup in Perth in 2017, as his season opener.

The loss of points over the next few months could mean he is seeded around 16th by the time the Australian Open rolls around (there are no ranking points on offer for the Hopman Cup. This would make him an extremely dangerous prospect for the higher seeds in the draw.

His return at the Hopman Cup is scheduled between 1-7 January.

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