LONDON, England | June 10, 2020 (SNN247.com) – Former world number one Roger Federer of Switzerland announced on Wednesday that he will sit out of the rest of the season due to his second knee operation.
The 20-time Grand Slam singles title champion from Switzerland could be seen struggling during the first Grand Slam tournament of the Year 2020 in Australia. Despite the discomfort, Roger Federer made it into the semifinals of the Australian Open 2020. World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia had the last laugh in the last-four affair in Melbourne. The Serb eventually lifted the crown.
First Knee Surgery for Federer
Following the defeat, the Swiss tennis maestro underwent the first surgery on his knee in February.
Roger Federer made the announcement in a Twitter post. He stated, “A few weeks ago, having experienced a setback during my initial rehabilitation, I had to have an additional quick arthroscopic procedure on my right knee.”
How Many Tournaments will Federer Miss?
The sudden exit might not affect Federer’s ATP ranking immediately. The professional tennis is already out of action due to the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID19). However, it is yet to be witnessed who many tournaments Federer will miss due to the operation and rehabilitation.
Recurring Knee Problems for Roger Federer
This is not the first time that knee problems have bothered the Swiss tennis legend. He also underwent a knee surgery in 2016 to treat a torn meniscus. He had to sit out of the second half of the season that year. However, his return to 2017 ATP Tour was remarkable. He first lifted the Australian Open 2017 after a hiatus of five long years and doubled it up at the Wimbledon.
Roger Federer hasn’t lifted a Grand Slam title since winning the Australian Open 2018 title. He came agonizingly close to lifting the Wimbledon 2019 before losing the final.
Can Roger Federer Repeat 2017 Heroics?
Federer tweeted, “Now, much like I did leading up to the 2017 season, I plan to take the necessary time to be 100% ready to play at my highest level. I will be missing my fans and the tour dearly but, I will look forward to see everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season.”
Can he repeat the heroics of 2017 ATP Season? Only the time will tell!