Roger Federer will undergo knee surgery which will cost him “many months” of action, he announced in an Instagram video on Sunday.
“I want to give myself a silver lining to come back to touring in one form or another,” he said, via Arash Madani.
The issue will at least take him out of the 2021 US Open, which is set to begin on August 30.
The 40-year-old last appeared at Wimbledon, reaching the quarter-finals before a loss to Hubert Hurkacz. Federer then retired from the Tokyo Olympics as well as hard court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati.
“I haven’t done anything for a long time because of my knee,” he said recently view (via Yasmin Syed du Express). “After Wimbledon, I first had to let it go. This week, I will meet my doctors and my team, and then we will see what happens next. For the moment, everything is still a little uncertain. “
His future is now apparently even more uncertain as he seeks to recover from further surgery.
The veteran underwent two knee operations in 2020 and missed about a full year of action before making his comeback in March 2021. He has only appeared in five tournaments this year, producing a 9-4 record.
Despite the injuries, Federer is one of the best men’s tennis players of all time, having won 20 Grand Slam titles, including eight at Wimbledon.
The Swiss player is currently tied with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for the most important titles in men’s history. His last Grand Slam victory dates back to the 2018 Australian Open.