Maybe Roger Federer could play the Olympics and skip the U.S. Open. Or sit out the Rio Games and make it to New York.
The 17-time major champion contemplated both scenarios, holding out hope as long as he could that he'd find a way to enter at least one of the big events in August.
In the end, his balky left knee wouldn't allow him to do either.
At a meeting with doctors and trainers, Federer recalled, "Everybody said, 'You need a break — right now.'"
So the Swiss great announced in late July that he'd miss the rest of the season, by far the longest layoff of a remarkably healthy career.
Federer, who turned 35 this month, was in Manhattan...