Roger Federer has been dealt a major setback after being forced into knee surgery – but he’s sent a defiant message to his legions of fans around the world.
Roger Federer has undergone surgery on his knee which will rule him out of the French Open. The Swiss tennis star is also now in a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon this summer.
Federer announced he’d gone under the knife this morning in a statement issued via Twitter.
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The 20-time Grand Slam winner revealed he’s been struggling with discomfort in his knee for a while and has taken the decision to have surgery.
And in a defiant message to his legions of fans, Federer has vowed to get back on the court as soon as possible.
“I am grateful for everyone’s support,” he said.
“I can’t wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass.”
Federer’s return could come at the Halle tournament he plays every year.
He’ll be keen to get some game-time under his belt in Germany before heading to London for Wimbledon in late June.
The injury blow means Federer will sit out the clay court season.
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In his statement, he added: “I will unfortunately have to miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open.
“My right knee has been bothering me for a little while.
“I hoped it would go away but after an examination and discussion with my team I have decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday.
“After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery.”
Federer’s long-term future in tennis will be called into doubt following the knee surgery.
He turns 39 in August and is expected to call it a day soon.
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However at the Australian Open earlier this year, Federer was adamant he’s not been thinking about retirement.
“You never know what the future holds, especially at my age, but I’m confident,” he said.
“I’m happy with how I’m feeling to be honest, got through a good nice training block, have no plans to retire.
“So from that standpoint we’ll see how the year goes and how everything is with the family and we’ll go from there. But of course I hope to be back.”
I am grateful for everyone’s support. I can’t wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass.
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oger Federer fans all across were unhappy to learn about his hiatus from tennis until June 2020. Federer’s right surgery compelled him to take an elongated break from professional tennis. Upon hearing the news, just like all other tennis followers, Novak Djokovic was also astonished to learn about Federer’s surgery.
In Melbourne, Federer raised concerns about his pain in his groin. He also canceled his practice sessions before his semifinal match against Djokovic at Australian Open 2020.
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Novak Djokovic on Roger Federer’s surgery
“It was a surprise to hear about Federer’s injury and surgery. I knew he was struggling with an injury in the Australian Open. But I think no one knew what the injury is and how serious it is. I don’t like to see anybody going through a process of surgery,” Novak Djokovic told the reporters in Dubai.
In 2018, after having a tough time with his elbow, Novak underwent a surgery. That was the only surgery he has ever had in his thriving tennis career. And the same year, the Serb resurged on the ATP Tour by claiming Grand Slams and attaining the World Number one spot.
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“I’ve been through that once and, hopefully, the last time in my life. I know that for doctors, that’s a routine-like procedure but it’s quite invasive. I know it also creates psychological trauma,” he added.
Djokovic spoke about the South African tennis icon Kevin Anderson, who recently revealed his right knee surgery. “I’m sad to see Roger and Kevin going through those kinds of procedures. I hope that they will be back very soon,” he continued.
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Also, he feels that the sport of tennis is incomplete without the presence of the Swiss maestro Roger Federer. “Roger is Roger. This sport needs him,” Novak said.
Federer will be missing out on hard-court tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells, and Miami. Later, he will be absent from the European clay-court season.
Meanwhile, the top-seed in Dubai, Novak Djokovic will open against the Tunisian Malek Jaziri.