Roger Federer stated on Sunday he’ll endure additional knee surgical procedure and admitted he “will be out for many months”, a choice which casts additional doubt on his future in tennis on the age of 40.
“I will be on crutches for many weeks and out of the game for many months,” 20-time Grand Slam title winner Federer stated in a video posted on his Instagram account.
The choice instantly rules him out of the US Open, the place he has been champion 5 occasions and which begins in two weeks’ time.
“I want to give myself a glimmer of hope to return to the tour in some shape or form,” added Federer.
“I am realistic, don’t get me wrong. I know how difficult it is at my age to go through another surgery. I will try it. I want to be healthy, I want to be running around.”
Federer, who has performed simply 13 matches in 2021, underwent two knee surgical procedures in 2020 when he performed solely six occasions.
He had already pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics to relaxation his knee.
Federer withdrew from this yr’s French Open after reaching the fourth spherical and was knocked out within the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, a tame 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-Zero loss to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.
That defeat was solely his 14th on the All England Club in 119 matches, and the primary time he had been crushed within the event in straight units since a first-round exit by the hands of Mario Ancic in 2002.
It was additionally the primary time he had misplaced a set 6-Zero at Wimbledon and simply the third time at a Slam.
“I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors on my knee,” he added on Sunday.
“I harm myself additional through the grass-court season and it is simply not the way in which to go ahead.
“They told me to feel better I’ll need surgery. I decided to do it.”
After turning 40 final weekend, Federer stated he was studying to regulate to the truth that recovering from niggles takes two weeks reasonably than two days.
“It was different before. The questions were simple: what is my place in the ranking? What will my next tournament be?”, he instructed Blick newspaper.
“Today, it is harder: how do I really feel after I begin coaching once more? What are my objectives? How to reconcile all this with the household? What does the remainder of the staff say?
“I am much more enthusiastic than before, the attitude is different. It’s really completely different from 10 years ago.”
Federer captured his most up-to-date main on the 2018 Australian Open.
He was already nicely previous 36 and the second oldest man to clinch a Slam title
Since then, Novak Djokovic has claimed eight extra majors and previous rival Rafael Nadal has picked up 4.
Both now stand degree on 20 Slams with Federer.
Should Federer be getting ready to bow out after 23 years on tour, he’ll go away behind a profession adorned by 103 titles — solely Jimmy Connors with 109 has extra — a mixed 310 weeks at primary and greater than $130 million in prize cash alone.
Later Sunday, the US Open confirmed Federer’s withdrawal from the ultimate Grand Slam occasion of the yr along with his spot within the draw taken by Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands.
Nadal stays a doubt for the US Open the place he’s a four-time champion.
The 35-year-old Spaniard suffered a foot damage in his semi-final loss to Djokovic on the French Open in June.
The Spaniard skipped Wimbledon and the Olympics and performed only one match in Washington earlier this month earlier than withdrawing from the Toronto and Cincinnati Masters occasions.
Djokovic can be skipping Cincinnati after his disappointing Olympics marketing campaign.
The subject, headed by Russian Daniil Medvedev, is with out resting world primary Novak Djokovic plus injured Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
“Things are changing. Bodies are breaking down instead of top players being overtaken by tennis (progress),” stated three-time main winner Andy Murray in Cincinnati on Sunday.