Tennis: Federer has knee surgery, will miss French Open

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 20 2020 08:16 PM

Roger Federer said he had intended to avoid surgery if possible, but the knee problem refused to go away. Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters

Roger Federer has undergone surgery to resolve a longstanding knee problem and said Thursday he would be out of action until after the French Open.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner revealed on his Facebook account that he underwent surgery in Switzerland on Wednesday and would miss a string of tournaments, including the French Open from May 24 to June 7.

"As a result, I will miss Dubai, India Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open," he said.

The 38-year-old explained that he had intended to avoid surgery if possible but the knee problem refused to go away.

"My right knee has been bothering me for a little while," said the world No. 3 who reached the Roland Garros semifinals last year.

"I hoped it would go away, but after an examination and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland (Wednesday).

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

"I can't wait to be back playing again soon, see you on grass!"

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