Roger Federer out of French Open after knee surgery, plans to be at Wimbledon

Switzerland's Roger Federer speaks during a press conference following his semifinal loss to Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Switzerland's Roger Federer announced he will be out until the grass season. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Roger Federer will miss the French Open after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

Federer, 38, made the announcement on social media early Thursday. He made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open at the end of January.

“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 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. 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, ranked third in the world, has one championship at Roland Garros (in 2009). That tournament is May 24-June 7. The former No. 1 made it to the semifinal in 2019, his first year back at the French Open since 2015.

He plans to miss tournaments in Dubai — where he’s the reigning champion — Indian Wells and Miami as well and will be back for Wimbledon, where he has won eight of his record 20 Grand Slam titles. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics follow in July and August.

Federer had surgery on his left knee in 2016 to repair a torn meniscus. He suffered the injury after a semifinal run in the Australian Open and missed the Rio Olympics and U.S. Open. That he’s had surgeries now on both knees, and is closing in on 40, has worried fans rooting for him to extend his record. Rafael Nadal is one away from tying it and has back-to-back victories at the French Open.

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