Roger Federer has announced he will miss this year’s French Open after undergoing knee surgery.
The 20-time grand slam champion went under the knife in Switzerland yesterday.
Federer, 38, wrote on Twitter:
“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 decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday.”
Federer, who won his solitary Roland Garros title in 2009, will not be back in action until the grass-court season at the earliest.
He continued: “After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that 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!”
The French Open begins on May 24 this year and ends on June 7, just three weeks before Wimbledon starts.
Federer – who usually warms up for Wimbledon by playing at the Halle Open – reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros last year when he lost in straight sets to eventual winner Rafael Nadal, but he didn’t play in it in any of the previous three years.
He will hope that this lay-off ensures that he is back fully fit in time for SW19, where he has won eight of his 20 Grand Slam titles and narrowly lost out to Novak Djokovic in an epic final last year.
Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles are one more than long-time rival Nadal, with Djokovic a little further back on 17.
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