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Federer to miss French Open

20th February 2020, 11:04 by Chris Rivers

Roger Federer has announced he's undergone knee surgery and will the French Open as part of his time on the sidelines.

The 38-year-old made his return to the clay in 2019 after a three-year absence and enjoyed a decent campaign on his least favourite surface, reaching the semi-finals of the French Open.

Federer had pledged to return to Paris this year in his quest to try to add to the sole title he won at Roland Garros in 2009 but injury has scuppered the Swiss star's hopes.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has revealed he has been forced to undergo surgery on a problematic knee issue and doesn't expect to return to action until the start of the grass court season later in the year at the earliest.

Federer wrote on Twitter: "My right knee has been bothering me for a little while.

"I hoped it would go away but after an examination, and discussion with my team, I decided to have an arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday.

"After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery.

"As a result, I will unfortunately have to miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open.

"I am grateful for everyone's support. I can't wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass!"

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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