It is confirmed that Roger Federer will miss the U.S. Open and be sidelined for months because he will undergo third right knee surgery. He hopes that this procedure will leave him with “a glimmer of hope” of returning to competition.
Federer announced the news via a video message on Instagram.
“I’ll be on crutches for many weeks and then also out of the game for many months,” Federer said.
“It’s going to be difficult of course in some ways but at the same time I know it’s the right thing to do because I want to be healthy and I want to be running around later as well.”
Federer shares the men’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, has had knee surgery twice in 2020 that made him go into rehabilitation for a year before he made his return to action in March. He made this comeback 13 months after his Australian Open semi-final exit last year.
He had earlier withdrawn from the French Open in June after winning his third-round match to save himself for the grass-court season.
Federer reached the quarter-finals at the All England Club but lost in straight sets to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.
Furthermore, Roger Federer also withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics as well as a number of lead-up events to the August 30-September 12 U.S. Open.
“I want to give myself a glimmer of hope also to return to the tour in some shape or form,” said Federer.
“I am realistic, don’t get me wrong, I know how difficult it is at this age right now to do another surgery and try it, but look, I want to be healthy and I’ll go through the rehab process I think also with the goal while I am still active which I think is going to help me during this long period of time.”
Federer also thanked his fans for their support in the video.
“You guys are always incredible, you always think of me,” Federer said. “Some of you suffer with me, some of you just wish me the best and want to see me back on the court or see me smile. I am doing OK so I appreciate that.
“And I’ll update you as I move along with my rehab. I wish you all the best and I’ll check in with you soon.”