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US Open 2021: Roger Federer withdraws, to undergo knee surgery again

Roger Federer of Switzerland will be missing out on US Open 2021 for a second successive year. He is set to undergo another knee surgery that will keep him out of action for quite some months.

US Open 2021: Roger Federer withdraws, to undergo knee surgery again-ayh
Wollerau, First Published Aug 16, 2021, 2:29 PM IST

In what comes as a heartbreak for many fans, Switzerland’s Roger Federer has announced that he would be skipping the US Open 2021 for the second consecutive year. In fact, he is set to undergo another surgery on his knee that would be keeping him out of action for a long time again.

“I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors as well on my knee, getting all the information as I hurt myself further during the grass-court season and Wimbledon. That’s just not the way to go forward. So, unfortunately, they told me for the medium to long term, to feel better, I will need surgery. I decided to do it,” he said in an Instagram video.

US Open 2021: Roger Federer withdraws, to undergo knee surgery again-ayh

“I’ll be on crutches for many weeks and also out of the game for many months. So it’s going to be difficult, of course, in some ways. But, at the same time, I know it’s the right thing to do because I want to be healthy, I want to be running around later as well again, and I want to give myself a glimmer of hope to return to the tour in some shape or form,” he further said.

“Also, a big thank you already now for all of your messages that are going to be coming in because you guys are always incredible. You always think of me. Some of you suffer with me. I’ll update you as I move along with my rehab. I wish you all the best, and I’ll check in with you soon,” he concluded.

The Swiss GOAT is already 40 and had undergone arthroscopic right knee surgeries last year. Since his return this year, he has competed in five tournaments with no success, while his last appearance was in Wimbledon, where he lost in the quarterfinal.

As of now, he has become only the second player along with his Swiss counterpart Stan Wawrinka to pull out of the 2021 US Open Men’s Singles. Since Wimbledon, he missed out on the Tokyo Olympics, while he had also withdrawn from the Toronto and Cincinnati Masters.

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