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Roger Federer Announces Major Injury Update

Roger Federer playing tennis.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - MARCH 29: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a point against Denis Shapovalov of Canada during day 12 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Hard Rock Stadium on March 29, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The tennis world was dealt an unfortunate blow on Thursday morning, as Roger Federer announced that he'll miss the upcoming French Open due to arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He'll be out for at least the next three months.

Federer is still chasing his 21st Grand Slam title - his last win came during the 2018 Australian Open. Missing time due to injury obviously won't help his pursuit, but it sounds like he'll make a full recovery from this knee injury.

On Thursday morning, Federer released a statement on his injury and revealed that he'll miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open.

"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 said. "After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery."

Federer hinted at when he'll return to action in his statement, saying "I can't wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass!"

Perhaps he'll target Wimbledon as his return date.

This might be a setback for Federer, but he should still have a chance to compete at the US Open and Wimbledon this year. He's won a combined 13 times at those two events.

Hopefully it's not too long before Federer is back on the court doing what he does best.