Hey all, not really breaking news this as I'm a little late to get around to this but sadly Roger is out for a month after tearing his miniscus the day after the Australian Open Semi Final. Subsequently he's undergone a small surgical procedure back in Switzerland to fix it which means he will be miss both Rotterdam and Dubai.
Roger broke the news on his Facebook page earlier today which you can see below:
I want to inform you that yesterday I underwent arthroscopic surgery on my knee. I injured my knee the day after the semi-finals in Australia. After getting tests done when I returned home, it was determined that I had torn my meniscus. I apologize to my friends in Rotterdam and Dubai, as I was very much looking forward to playing those events. While this is an unfortunate setback, I am encouraged and grateful that my doctor said the procedure was a success. I am looking forward to attacking the rehabilitation process this afternoon with my team and working hard to get back out on tour as soon as possible. Thanks for all your incredible support. I will check in with all of you soon.
Naturally it's sent fans into widespread panic but from my understanding it's a fairly straightforward procedure and it isn't a ‘bad' injury. It's quite common in football and in fact it's the same tear Luis Suarez picked up before the 2014 World Cup. He was able to play again in three weeks and according to a surgeon at the time who was responding to questions around his speedy recovery:
It is possible to do minor, tidy-up-type surgery and to be back performing at a high level within a few weeks.
Since then Suarez has been back to his absolute best for Barcelona, and is easily the best striker in the world as it stands so he's living proof that you can bounce back from it and perform to a high level in a much more physical sport. So I don't think we'll be too far away from seeing Fed step on the court again. Hopefully rehab goes well, it heals quickly and there are no long term effects.
We'll no doubt hear more about it in the coming weeks or whenever Federer is next asked as it will be interesting to find out how he actually tore the tissue the day after the Semi Final.
Now onto more pressing matters – what I am going to blog about for the next 6 weeks? 😆