Roger Federer will be on the sidelines for the next few months after the 20-time Grand Slam winner underwent knee surgery.
The world No 3 last played a competitive match at the semi-finals of the Australian Open where he lost against eventual champion Novak Djokovic in three sets.
He then competed in the exhibition Match in Africa alongside Rafael Nadal in Cape Town at the start of February with his next ATP Tour match scheduled for Dubai later this month, but he will miss the tournament and four other events, including the French Open.
Federer revealed in a statement his knee had been giving him problems for “a little while” and was advised to undergo surgery.
“My right knee has been bothering me for a little while now. I hoped it would go away, but after an examination, and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday,” the statement read.
“After the procedure the doctors confirmed it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery.
“As a result, I will unfortunately have to miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open.
“I am grateful for everyone’s support. I can’t wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass!”
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) February 20, 2020
Federer is likely to make his return at the grass-court Halle Open in Germany in mid June.
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