Tennis

Roger Federer to have third knee surgery and miss ‘many months’

It looks like Federer won’t be playing any more tennis this year as he announced on Instagram that he’d be having further knee surgery.

“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, also, to return to the tour in some shape or form. I am realistic, don’t get me wrong. I know how difficult it is at this age right now to do another surgery and try it.”

I’m not gonna say the R-word or talk about it. The tennis media is likely frothing at the mouth with their unnecessary think pieces, saved in their drafts since 2012-13. Instead, I will marvel at the fact a 39-year-old man, after 2 knee surgeries managed to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open—his weakest slam—and managed to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon without the level of match play or fitness of his opponents. Others saw shocking defeats and questionable exits but I saw someone trying to squeeze out every last drop of his career and surpassing realistic expectations.

So let’s leave the career obituaries for a day or seven and appreciate what time we have left with him as an active tennis player.

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