Roger Federer will not play in the 2021 U.S Open and is going to be sidelined for what he states will be several months due to the fact that he requires a third operation on his right knee. He stated that this procedure will give him a glimmer of hope to eventually return to the competitive world of tennis in the not too distant future. Roger Federer announced the news via an Instagram video message on Sunday.
In the Instagram video, Federer stated that he went for a lot of check-ups with renowned doctors on the condition of his knee because he hurt himself during Wimbledon and the grass-court season. He also stated that the doctors informed him that he will need another surgery on his right knee if he wants to continue playing in the long term and decided to go ahead with the surgery. He will be on crutches for several weeks and will miss out of competitive tennis for many months in the process.
Federer Hopes for a Comeback
Roger Federer, who turned 40 in August, currently shares 20 Grand Slam titles with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. He informed BettingPro reporters that there was a chance his tennis career might be over but will rehab the right knee with the intention to make a comeback once he is back on his feet.
Federer wants to be healthy and plans to run around the court again. To do this, he needs the surgery which will hopefully give him another shot at returning to the world of professional tennis. He also informed reporters that he is realistic and understands how difficult it is to try again after another surgery at the age of 40.
Federer missed more than a year of professional tennis when he first repaired his knee after the Australian Open in 2020. After his first knee surgery in February 2020, he went for a follow-up procedure that took place in June 2020. He made his return to professional tennis at the French Open in May before pulling out of the Grand Slam tournament after three wins. His last match was during the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in July 2021. He also missed the Tokyo Olympics due to problems with his knee and opted in for the surgery instead.
The Last Grand Slam of the Year
The last Grand Slam of the tennis season is the U.S Open and it starts on 30 August 2021 where players make their way to New York. Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the warmup tournaments, while Rafael Nadal is currently dealing with a foot injury. Djokovic stated that he needs the rest after failing to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Roger Federer has claimed 16 of his 20 Grand Slam titles from 2003 to 2010 and has remained near the top of the sport into his late 30s. During his resurgent in 2017, he managed to win Wimbledon and the Australian Open and defended his Melbourne Park title in 2018 which was his last Grand Slam victory. During 2019, he was defeated by Novak Djokovic in a thrilling 5-set final at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer’s U.S Open main draw spot will be given to Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands as stated by the U.S Tennis Association. If there is another withdrawal from the field, the next spot will be given to Mackie McDonald from the United States.