Roger Federer goes to overlook the US Open and be sidelined for what he mentioned shall be “many months” as a result of he wants a 3rd operation on his proper knee, a process he mentioned will depart him with “a glimmer of hope” that he can return to competitors.
Federer introduced the information Sunday via a video message on Instagram.
“I have been doing numerous checks with the medical doctors, as effectively, on my knee, getting all the data, as I damage myself additional throughout the grass-court season and Wimbledon,” Federer mentioned. “Sadly, they informed me for the medium to long run, to really feel higher, I’ll want surgical procedure, so I made a decision to do it. I shall be on crutches for a lot of weeks after which additionally out of the sport for a lot of months.”
Federer, 40, who has 20 Grand Slam singles titles to share the lads’s document with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, acknowledged there was an opportunity his taking part in profession might be over, however he mentioned he would rehab the knee with the aim of constructing one other comeback.
“I wish to be wholesome. I wish to be operating round later, as effectively, once more, and I wish to give myself a glimmer of hope, additionally, to return to the tour in some form or kind,” Federer mentioned. “I’m practical, do not get me fallacious. I understand how tough it’s at this age proper now to do one other surgical procedure and take a look at it.”
Federer missed greater than a yr of motion after first having his knee repaired shortly after the 2020 Australian Open in February of that yr. He had a follow-up process that June.
He returned to Grand Slam motion on the French Open in late Might after which pulled out of the match after three victories. His most up-to-date match was a loss on the Wimbledon quarterfinals final month, and he cited the knee harm in withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics.
The US Open is the season’s final Grand Slam match, and it begins Aug. 30 in New York. Nadal is coping with a foot harm, and Djokovic pulled out of tuneup tournaments, saying he wanted to relaxation and recuperate following the Olympics, the place he did not win a medal.
Federer gained 16 of his Grand Slam titles between 2003 and 2010 however remained at or close to the highest of the game into his late 30s. He gained the Australian Open and Wimbledon throughout a resurgent 2017 and defended his title at Melbourne Park in 2018, his most up-to-date Grand Slam championship. In 2019, he misplaced a five-set basic to Djokovic within the Wimbledon last.
Federer’s spot within the US Open principal draw will go to Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands, the U.S. Tennis Affiliation mentioned. American Mackie McDonald could be the subsequent man to maneuver into the sector if there may be one other withdrawal.