Roger Federer has announced his decision to withdraw from a few tournaments because of a knee injury. As a result of that injury, Federer won’t participate in the French Open along with four other competitions this year.
The Swiss maestro and current world number three announced on social media his right knee had been a problem for some time and once he opted to go for a check-up, it was found he needed to have an arthroscopic surgery.
Federer also said after discussions with his team, he went for a surgery on Wednesday, February 19.
He will now miss the ATP Dubai Tennis Championships, Indian Wells Masters, Bogota Exhibition, Miami Masters and the season’s second Grand Slam, French Open. There had earlier been rumours he was looking to play at Roland-Garros during the clay season, but for now he will have to shelf that plan as well.
Federer is a defending champion at the Miami Masters and was a losing finalist in Indian Wells before that.
What that means is Federer will look to return back to competitive tennis during the grass swing. Federer is the defending champion at the Halle Open on grass and was the losing finalist in a thrilling Wimbledon final last year as well.
Federer has played in only tournament this year, the Australian Open, where he made it to the semifinal before falling in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.
He had played that match half-fit after having suffered a groin injury in an earlier match. He was on the verge of getting knocked out of the tournament by Tennys Sandren who had his share of match-points before Federer clawed back to carve out a comeback-from-behind win.
However, he couldn’t keep up the momentum against the eventual champion Djokovic, who won 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the final.