Roger Federer announced on Instagram on Sunday that he will miss the US Open and "many months" after undergoing knee surgery. “I just wanted to give you an update [on] what's been going on since Wimbledon.
As you can imagine, it has not been easy. I have also been doing a lot of checks with the doctors on my knee, getting all the information as I got hurt more during the grass season and Wimbledon," Federer said in a video.
“That is not the way to go forward, so unfortunately they told me that in the medium or long term to feel better, I will need surgery. And I decided to do it. “I will be on crutches for many weeks and also off the game for many months, so of course it will be difficult in some way, but at the same time I know it is the right thing to do because I want to be healthy, I want to run again later too and I want to give myself a ray of hope to return to the Circuit in some way " The Swiss star, who turned 40 on August 8, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in February and May 2020.
Federer has played five tournaments since undergoing those surgeries, all of which came this season. The 103-time ATP Tour champion most recently competed at Wimbledon. "I'm realistic, don't get me wrong. I know how difficult it is at this age at this point to do another surgery and try it," Federer said.
"But I want to be healthy, I'm going to go through the rehabilitation process, I think also with a goal while I'm still active, which I think will help me over this long period of time." At the end of the video of him, Federer made sure to thank the fans for all the support and continue to motivate him through the ups and downs.
“I also give a big thank you for all the messages that are going to get through because you guys are always amazing."
Federer needs a third surgery on his right knee
Roger Federer's parents Robert and Lynette Federer were recently interviewed by Blick on the eve of the Swiss maestro's 40th birthday.
During the interaction, the couple answered a variety of questions, ranging from Roger Federer's personality growing up to whether they expected him to be playing at the age of 40. When questioned about how far she thought Roger Federer would go, the 69-year-old admitted that she never believed the Swiss would forge such a successful career for himself.
"People have often said how exceptional his talent was or how well he knew how to handle the ball from an early age. But we couldn't have foreseen the incredible success he had afterward," Lynette said. Robert Federer echoed his wife's sentiments.
"We never saw him as a future star so we didn't live with that in mind. For a long time, we just waited to see how things were going to turn out," Robert said.