The iron man of tennis Roger Federer will miss Rotterdam and his title defense in Dubai after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
According to a post he made on Facebook, Federer injured the knee the AFTER his semifinal loss at the Australian Open to Novak Djokovic.
“I want to inform you that yesterday I underwent arthroscopic surgery on my knee,” Federer posted on Facebook. “I injured my knee the day after the semi-finals in Australia. After getting tests done when I returned home, it was determined that I had torn my meniscus. I apologize to my friends in Rotterdam and Dubai, as I was very much looking forward to playing those events. While this is an unfortunate setback, I am encouraged and grateful that my doctor said the procedure was a success. I am looking forward to attacking the rehabilitation process this afternoon with my team and working hard to get back out on tour as soon as possible. Thanks for all your incredible support. I will check in with all of you soon.”
Since turning pro in the late 90s, Federer has rarely been off the tour for any extended period of time due to injury. Nor have we heard of him needing surgery. In his statement, he also did not give a timetable for return, but he is still entered in Indian Wells.
And at 34 there is greater cause for concern any time someone of that age is hurt.
And how exactly did he injure the knee?
And also in 2013, Andrea Petkovic has surgery on her meniscus at the very start of the year. She returned in March.
At the time Petkovic said, “If they have to trim it then I will only be out for a month. If they have to sew it up again, it will take two to three months.”
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