Aug 15 (Reuters) – Roger Federer will miss the upcoming U.S. Open and be sidelined for a lot of months as a result of he wants extra knee surgical procedure, an operation that the Swiss nice mentioned on Sunday will give him a “glimmer of hope” that he can resume his glittering profession.
The 40-year-old Federer, talking on a video posted to his Instagram account, mentioned docs instructed him that in an effort to really feel higher for the medium- to long-term, he would wish surgical procedure on the knee that he injured once more through the grass courtroom season.
“I will be on crutches for a lot of weeks after which additionally out of the sport for a lot of months,” Federer mentioned.
“It is going to be tough in fact in some methods however on the identical time I do know it is the correct factor to do as a result of I need to be wholesome and I need to be operating round later as properly.”
Federer, who shares the boys’s file of 20 Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, had knee surgical procedure twice in 2020 which resulted in additional than a yr of rehabilitation earlier than a return to motion in March, some 13 months after his Australian Open semi-final exit final yr.
He withdrew from the French Open in June after successful his third-round match to save lots of himself for the grass courtroom season and a bid to win a record-extending ninth Wimbledon title.
Federer reached the quarter-finals on the All England membership however misplaced in straight units to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, failing to win a sport within the third set. read more
Federer then withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics in addition to numerous lead-up occasions to the Aug. 30-Sept. 12 U.S. Open.
“I need to give myself a glimmer of hope additionally to return to the tour in some form or kind,” mentioned Federer.
“I’m life like, do not get me unsuitable, I understand how tough it’s at this age proper now to do one other surgical procedure and check out it, however look, I need to be wholesome and I will undergo the rehab course of I believe additionally with the purpose whereas I’m nonetheless energetic which I believe goes to assist me throughout this lengthy time period.”
In direction of the tip of his 97-second video, Federer thanked his followers for his or her assist.
“You guys are all the time unbelievable, you all the time consider me,” Federer mentioned. “A few of you undergo with me, a few of you simply want me the perfect and need to see me again on courtroom or see me smile. I’m doing OK so I admire that.
“And I will replace you as I transfer together with my rehab. I want you all the perfect and I will verify in with you quickly.”
Russian Daniil Medvedev, chatting with reporters after successful the Masters 1000 occasion in Toronto, mentioned the absence of Federer on tour is a pity for everybody and wished him a speedy restoration.
“I imply, age takes over. Hopefully we will nonetheless see him again on tour, as a result of I believe that is what he desires. That is what all people desires,” mentioned Medvedev.
“After all, even when he will be again on tour, we’re gonna attempt to beat him each time we play him, as a result of even when it is Roger, I do know we’re nonetheless opponents on the courtroom.
“The one factor I can want him proper now … is well being, speedy restoration, and seeing him again on tour, yeah, as a result of we by no means know what’s gonna occur subsequent.”
Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Modifying by Ed Osmond and Kenneth Maxwell
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