Roger Federer said Sunday that he will undergo additional surgery on his troublesome right knee, leaving him unable to compete at the US Open this year. Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are tied for the most career men’s Grand Slam singles titles at 20 each following Djokovic’s sweep of the first three Grand Slam events this year.
Federer, who turned 40 on Aug. 8, said in a video released on Instagram that he will be on crutches "for many weeks and then also out of the game for many months." He said while the process will be difficult, "I know it's the right thing to do because I want to be healthy, I want to be running later as well again, and I want to give myself a glimmer of hope also to return to the tour in some shape or form."
He also thanked his fans in advance for their good wishes and promised to update them with the progress of his rehabilitation.
This year's US Open will be played from Aug. 30-Sept. 12 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Organizers have announced that fans will not be allowed to watch the qualifying tournament, but plans are still in place for them to be admitted to the tournament. Fans were barred from the 2020 tournament because of COVID-19 concerns and protocols.
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"I thought he was great. Very gutsy, very courageous. I know he wishes he had that one back ... but, again, that’s interpretation. That’s a tough one for me to swallow because there’s nobody around him, but that’s what the rule is I guess."
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Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his third-round match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain during Wimbledon at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Saturday, July 3, 2021 in London. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images/TNS)