Roger Federer will miss French Open after a knee operation, but has faith in recovery for Wimbledon: “I can’t wait to play again soon, see you on the grass!”
- Roger Federer underwent knee surgery and will miss a number of tournaments
- He issued a statement that the injury has been bothering him for a while
- Resignation means that the Swiss star will miss French Open, but he has faith in recovery
Every time Roger Federer announces an injury setback, this inevitably leads to chatter that this may be the beginning of the end for the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
His announcement yesterday that he has had a knee operation and will not play until the lawn season means that he will be close to his 39th birthday when he returns.
“My right knee has been bothering me for a while,” he said on social media.
“I hoped it would disappear, but after research and discussion with my team, I decided to undergo artroscopic surgery in Switzerland. The doctors confirmed that it was right to have done and are confident that they will fully recover. I am grateful for everyone’s support. I can’t wait to play again soon, see you on the grass. “
Roger Federer will miss the French Open, but will probably return in time for Wimbledon
Although his fans may fear the worst, it is worth recalling what happened the last time the Swiss maestro had a knee operation. He missed the second half of the 2016 season – his left knee was bizarrely injured while taking a bath for his children – and then came back in January to claim the Australian Open. The 38-year-old was of course four years younger then.
The revelation of yesterday means that Federer (left) will now miss the current swing of hard-court tournaments in Dubai and the US, plus the French Open, which would become his symbolic gravel court outing of the year.
Given his success this time 12 months ago, in which he triumphed in Dubai and Miami, as well as reaching the final at Indian Wells, damage will be done to his number 3 ranking. He also made the semi-final at Roland Garros in 2019. He will slip to the bottom of the top 10, but that may not prevent him from being placed in the top four in Wimbledon, because SW19 applies a formula that adds an extra weight to grass rink results.
Federer went under the knife on Wednesday and will miss a number of tournaments
The planned return of Federer is likely to take place at ATP events in Germany early to mid-June, and there is this extra incentive this summer of having a final chance of winning an Olympic gold medal for singles – about the one thing in tennis that has eluded him in his illustrious career. In theory, the Tokyo veteran would be helped by competitions because there is only the best of three sets.
Meanwhile, Cameron Norrie is out of the Delray Beach Open after having suffered a straight-sets defeat by 18-year-old American Brandon Nakashima.