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Swiss faced with next tennis setback in Rio as Wawrinka cancels

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Switzerland‘s Stan Wawrinka announced Tuesday that he will miss the Olympic tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro because of back problems, further decimating the Swiss team that already has to make do without Roger Federer.

Wawrinka, the current number four in world rankings, said his back condition deteriorated during the Toronto tournament last month.

He has started undergoing medical checks in Switzerland and must hold off from any physical activities until the tests are completed, the Swiss Olympic Team said.

"I‘m very sad," Wawrinka said. "I would have liked to go to Rio to take part in my third Olympic games after Beijing and London."

Federer and Wawrinka won gold in the mens‘ doubles eight years ago in China.

Belinda Bencic has also withdrawn from the Swiss Olympic tennis team, owing to pain in her wrist, leaving Switzerland with only Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky.

Wawrinka‘s cancellation means that a further top-10 male player will not compete at the Summer Olympics.

Besides Federer, who is out for the rest of the year with an injured knee, Canadian Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic, Czech Tomas Berdych and Austrian Dominic Thiem will not play in Brazil.

The withdrawals put the focus on the current top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia and on British Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, the winner in London 2012, as the two top contenders for gold in Rio.

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