02/20 09:30 CST Roger Federer has knee surgery, will miss French Open
Roger Federer has knee surgery, will miss French Open
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) --- Roger Federer has had surgery on his right knee and
will miss the French Open and several other tournaments.
Writing on his Facebook page Thursday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said his
knee "has been bothering me for a little while" so he "decided to have
arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday (Wednesday)."
Doctors "are very confident of a full recovery," Federer said, before ending
his post by telling his fans "see you on the grass!" as he targets a return for
Federer will skip tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami prior to the
French Open, which starts on May 24.
Federer could potentially return to play at one of his favorite tournaments in
Halle, Germany, on June 15. He has was won the grass-court tournament 10 times.
Wimbledon starts June 29.
Federer lost to Nadal in the semifinals at Roland Garros last year and then
beat the Spaniard in the semifinals at Wimbledon. He then lost to Novak
Djokovic in the final after holding two match points.
Federer struggled with his fitness at times during the recent Australian Open,
and was clearly hampered when he lost to Djokovic in straight sets in the
semifinals after making a strong start.
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