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Federer to miss US Open because of knee surgery

Roger Federer is going to miss the US Open and will be sidelined for many months because he needs a third operation on his right knee.

The Swiss tennis legend announced the news on Sunday via a video message on Instagram. He explained that the procedure he said will leave him with "a glimmer of hope'' that he can return to competition.

"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,'' Federer said.

"Unfortunately, they told me for the medium to long term, to feel better, I will need surgery, so I decided to do it. I will be on crutches for many weeks and then also out of the game for many months.''

"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,'' Federer said. "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.''

Federer missed more than a year of action after first having his knee repaired shortly after the 2020 Australian Open in February of that year. He had a follow-up procedure that June.

He returned to Grand Slam action at the French Open in late May and then pulled out of the tournament after three victories. His most recent match was a loss at the Wimbledon quarter-finals last month, and he missed Tokyo Olympics because of this knee injury.

Federer's spot in the US Open main draw will go to Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands, the U.S. Tennis Association said.

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