A few days ago, I posed the question of whether or not Roger Federer will play again in 2021.
We now have the answer straight from the horse's mouth, and it's not the one fans wanted to hear.
Taking to his Instagram account, the Swiss announced he will be undergoing another knee surgery and will be out for many months.
You can see his video update below.
Federer Faces Months on the Sidelines
I just wanted to give you a bit of an update [on] what’s been going on since Wimbledon. As you can imagine, it’s not been simple. 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. 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.
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. But I want to be healthy, I will go through the rehab process I think also with a goal while I’m still active, which I think is going to help me during this long period of time.
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. Federer announcing a further knee surgery
This will be the third surgery on Federer's right knee after the two he underwent in 2020.
The latest one comes after he reinjured it during the grasscourt season which makes his Wimbledon quarter-final run seem somewhat of a miracle.
So rather than asking whether or not will he play in 2021, the question changes to will he ever play again? It doesn't sound too promising, but it appears he is at least going to try.
Hopefully, the surgery goes well and we get some rehab updates as Federer mentioned in his video.
As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments.