Roger Federer announced, on Sunday, in a video posted on Instagram, that he will undergo knee surgery, which will result in “an absence of several months” and leave the hypothesis of the end of his career hovering.
“To feel better, I need to have surgery,” said the Swiss (40), who has not played since Wimbledon and missed the Tokyo Olympics and thus lost the US Open, which meant an absence “for several months”.
“I want to give myself a silver lining to get back in the ring one way or another,” he explained.
“I am realistic, please understand me. I know how difficult it is to have another surgery at my age. I will try” to get back in the ring, Federer added.
“I want to be healthy. I insist that I go through the rehabilitation process.
The former world number one played only 13 matches in 2021, recording nine wins and four defeats in five tournaments.
The 2020 season, which played in six matches, was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and was marked by two knee operations.
Doubt about his participation in the US Open was allowed after the twenty-time Grand Slam champion abandoned the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati, following his set at the Olympics, which would have been his ultimate challenge. his professional life.
This season, the Basel native had retired before the round of 16 at Roland Garros, in order to prepare for Wimbledon, his favorite tournament that he won eight times but where he was released in the quarter-finals.
In response to a question after the London Championship final win over Nadal in 2019 at the end of his potential career, Federer indicated that he regularly talks about it with his wife for the sake of family balance.
“Right now it’s looking fine, which is great,” he said at the time.
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