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Federer to miss French Open after knee surgery

Last updated on: February 20, 2020 16:48 IST
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Roger Federer

IMAGE: Roger Federer will not be back in action until the grass-court season at the earliest. Photograph: Getty Images

Roger Federer has said he will miss a number of tournaments, including the French Open that begins in May, after undergoing knee surgery in Switzerland on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old had been struggling with injury at the Australian Open, where he made a semi-final exit to eventual champion Novak Djokovic, and has not played since..

 

In a statement on Twitter, the 20 time Grand Slam champion wrote: "My right knee has been bothering me for a little while. I hoped it would go away but after an examination and discussion with my team, I have decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday."

"After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery."

Roger Federer

"As a result, I will, unfortunately, have to miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open."

"I am grateful for everyone’s support. I can’t wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass."

Federer, who won the Roland Garros title in 2009 and exited at the semi-finals in the Australian Open last month, will not be back in action until the grass-court season at the earliest.

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