Roger Federer Announces US Open Withdrawal, A Third Knee Surgery
Roger Federer’s 2021 season is likely over. The Swiss star announced today that he will undergo a third surgery on his right knee forcing him out of the US Open and likely the remained of 2021.
“I just wanted to give you a bit of an update what’s been going on since Wimbledon,” Federer said. “As you can imagine it’s not been simple. I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors as well on my knee, getting all the information as I hurt myself further during the grass court season and Wimbledon, that’s just not the way to go forward, so unfortunately they told me for the medium to long term to feel better, I will need surgery. I decided to do it.
“I’ll be on crutches for many weeks and 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 and 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. I know how difficult it is at this age right now to do another surgery and try it.
“I want to be healthy, I will go through the rehab process I think also with a goal while I’m still active, which I think is going to help me during this long period of time.
“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.”
This one hurts 💔.
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) August 15, 2021
Federer’s last match stands as a bagel final set in the Wimbledon quarterfinals to Hubert Hurkacz. The 40-year-old 20-time Slam champion will not want to end his career on that note. But at his age and with another rehab ahead, there are no guarantees he will be able to return, but at least it’s a goal.
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