Roger Federer’s season has been put on hold until the summer after the Swiss revealed with a Thursday tweet that he has undergone minor surgery for a knee problem.
The 38-year-old who last competed on the Tour in an Australian Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic – top seed in Dubai from Monday – announced that he will not be back on the courts until the summer grass season.
That could well mean a return in Halle, Germany, starting June 15, likely followed by Wimbledon .
“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 arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday,” Federer tweeted..
“After the procedure, doctors confirmed 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 for the fourth time. I can’t wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass.”
Federer also had a medical procedure on a knee just over four years ago, when he tore a meniscus while bathing one of his children in Melbourne after losing an Australian Open semi-final.
He was able to play again in April in Monte Carlo.
The Dubai event will now be headlined by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, due to arrive in the emirate later, with a practice court already booked for Friday.