The Swiss tennis star Roger Federer confirmed on Sunday that he will not compete in the US Open. He has pulled out of several high-profile tournaments recently, including the French Open and the Tokyo Olympics. He said in a video message that he would be out of action for “several months” owing to imminent knee surgery.
“Hey everybody, it’s Roger here. I hope you are doing well. Listen, I just wanted to update you or give you a bit of an update on what’s been going on since Wimbledon,” he said. “As you can imagine, it’s not been simple.”
“I’ve been doing a lot of checks with doctors as well on my knee,” said Federer, 40, adding that for the long-term health of his knee, he will need to have another surgery after previously undergoing two surgeries to his right knee in early 2020.”
“I’ll be on crutches for many weeks and then also out of the game for many months, so 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, I want to be running around later as well again,” he continued.
While it will be challenging, Federer stated that he intends to return to the court once he heals from surgery.
“I want to give myself a glimmer of hope to return to the tour in some shape or form. I am realistic, don’t get me wrong,” he said. “I know how difficult it is at this age right now to do another surgery and try it.”
Federer concluded the speech by thanking his supporters for their support over the years.
“You always think of me; some of you suffer with me, some of you just wish me the best and want to see me on the court or see me smile,” he said. “I am doing okay, so I appreciate that. 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.”
The US Open commented on the post, “Wishing you a speedy recovery! 💙💛.”
The 20-time Grand Slam winner last played on the court in July when he became the oldest male athlete in the modern Open to make it to the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Federer declared in June of last year that he would withdraw from the remainder of the 2020 season, then he returned in March. The US Open gets underway on August 30.