Roger Federer out of French Open after arthroscopic knee surgery

Roger Federer

Roger Federer announced that he had undergone surgery on Tuesday in Switzerland to resolve a right knee injury.

That means this will be the fourth time in the past five years that Federer is absent from the clay-court major that he won in 2009 to complete a career grand slam.

Federer, 38, added that doctors were confident he would make a full recovery and he is eyeing a return to the ATP Tour during the grass season. He now is ranked No 3 behind rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

In addition to the French Open, which takes place from 24 May-7 June, Federer will also miss the tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota and Miami.

Federer's decision to skip the French Open was met with understanding by organisers.

Talking about Federer's announcement, Gilles Simon explained: "I don't think about it, you don't have to say anything, shut up, wait and watch what's going to happen, that's the most effective attitude".

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However, that surgery-enforced absence eventually paid dividends with another Australian Open title and then Wimbledon six months later. He then lost to Novak Djokovic in the final after holding two match points.

Despite physically struggling at Melbourne Park, Federer showed no signs of knee issues when he played Rafael Nadal in Cape Town earlier this month.

"We are disappointed not to see Roger again", tournament director Guy Forget told France Info.

Russian world number five Daniil Medvedev said it was sad to see Federer forced to sit out the U.S. hardcourt and European clay court seasons.

"It's a little sad for him in the sense that he misses tournaments when he is still playing well". He has was won the grass-court tournament 10 times.

Federer has proved in the past that he can return to his peak after an injury layoff.

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