Former world No. 1 Roger Federer underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus after his loss to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Australian Open.
Federer has withdrawn from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the ABN AMRO World Tennis tournament in Rotterdam, but is set to make his next appearance at the Indian Wells Masters on March 7, 2016.
According to his agent Tony Godsick, the 34-year-old will be recovering for a month following his surgery. Christopher Clarey of the New York Times reported that Federer injured his knee while walking with his daughters.
Federer said in a press conference, “I am so disappointed to have to miss Rotterdam and Dubai as they are two of my favorite tournaments on the ATP World Tour. While this is an unfortunate setback, I feel grateful that up until now I have remained mostly healthy throughout my career.” He mentioned that his medical team “has insured me that the surgery was a success and with proper rehabilitation, I will be able to return to the Tour soon”.
According to a Twitter post, Federer said, “I want to inform you that yesterday I underwent arthroscopic surgery on my knee. I injured my knee the day after the semi-finals in Australia. After getting tests done when I returned home, it was determined that I had torn my meniscus. I apologize to my friends in Rotterdam and Dubai, as I was very much looking forward to playing those events.” He continued, “While this is an unfortunate setback, I am encouraged and grateful that my doctor said the procedure was a success. I am looking forward to attacking the rehabilitation process this afternoon with my team and working hard to get back out on tour as soon as possible. Thanks for all your incredible support. I will check in with all of you soon.”
Tennis fans will look forward to watching Federer dominate in March at the Indian Wells Masters in Indian Wells, California. We all wish him the best for a speedy recovery and look forward to his return in due time.