20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has announced that he will undergo another knee surgery. Federer, a former world No. 1, underwent two knee surgeries last season. "For the medium to long term to feel better we'll need surgery.
I decided to do it. I'll be on crutches for many weeks and out of the game for many months. [...] I want to give myself a glimmer of hope to return to the tour in some shape of form," Federer announced on Instagram. Federer hasn't played since Wimbledon as he pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics and Masters events in Toronto Cincinnati.
"I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors on my knee...
I hurt myself further during the grass-court season and it’s just not the way to go forward," Federer added. "They told me... to feel better [that] I’ll need surgery. I decided to do it."
Federer turned 40 a few days ago
In a recent interview with BLICK, Federer revealed his retirement plans.
"I want to attend the NBA, NHL and NFL finals. Go to Tokyo. Visit the most beautiful parks in the world with my children. Learn to play saxophone. Ski, go snowboarding, scuba diving," Federer said, per We Are Tennis. At Wimbledon, Federer made the quarterfinal before losing in straight sets to Hubert Hurkacz.
Losing in straight sets to Hurkacz was disappointing but Federer was happy that he managed to make the quarterfinal at a Grand Slam. "To some extent it's nice to see that the work I put in paid off [and] that I'm able to play at this level with best-of-five sets,” Federer said.
“When you're young, you don't ask yourself the question. But when you're me, with the year I had, it's all question marks all over the place. You have to prove it again to yourself that you can actually do it.
I was willing to take losses for the sake of information, just to be out there, [to] get the body in shape forhopefully when Wimbledon comes around,m that I can actually wake up in the morning and feel all right, that I can still go out and play five sets.
“I feel that way, so it's very rewarding and it's a good feeling. Now we'll see how much more I’ve got left in the tank. Clearly [it] was important again to win in straight sets. [I am] looking forward to the next round."