Canadian tennis player Vasek Pospisil has announced that he will not participate in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. The 31-year-old Pospisil represented Canada in the last two Olympics. At the 2012 London Olympics, Pospisil suffered a first round defeat to David Ferrer.
Four years later, Pospisil lost to Gael Monfils in the first round of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “For all my fans at home, I have unfortunately decided not to take part in the Tokyo Olympics this year.
Several factors contributed to this difficult decision, including an enlarged right shoulder that required rest to avoid further injuries, Pospisil said in a statement posted on its Twitter account. .
“It was one of the toughest career decisions I’ve ever made. Playing for my country is the biggest honor in sports and going to the Olympics is every little kid’s dream because it was mine.
I had to be honest with myself that I was mentally or physically unable to travel. I will return home to rest, rehabilitate and spend time with family and hopefully be ready for hard court swings.
As always, thanks to everyone for their support.”
Pospisil joins Roger Federer
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam record winner, also retired from the Tokyo Olympics this week.
Federer, who had two knee operations last season, pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics due to a knee problem. “Unfortunately I injured my knee during the hay season and have accepted that I have had to withdraw from the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Federer said on social media.
“I am very disappointed because representing Switzerland has always been an honor and a highlight of my career. I have already started rehabilitation in the hope of being able to return to the tour at the end of this summer.
I wish the entire Swiss team all the best and will work hard from afar. As always, Hope Schwyz! Photo Credit: Getty Images/Icon Sportswire