Roger Federer announces sad news as he is forced to withdraw from French Open

The Swiss star will return to competitive tennis during the grass-court season

Roger Federer has pulled out of a series of tournaments after having knee surgery this week. Taking to his social media sites on Thursday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion revealed he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, which had been "bothering him for a little while". He told his fans: "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."

The tennis star then confirmed that doctors were "very confident of a full recovery". He explained: "After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that 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. I am grateful for everyone's support. I can’t wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass!"

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Roger Federer has pulled out from various tennis events

The official Wimbledon Instagram account was among the first to wish Roger a speedy recovery, posting: "Get well soon and see you in the summer." Rafael Nadal’s academy also tweeted: "Get well soon, Roger!" The 38-year-old, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals last month, previously underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on his left leg in 2016, which limited him to seven tournaments that season.

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Meanwhile, Roger is currently ranked world No. 3 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He has won 20 Grand Slam titles, more than any other men's singles player, and has an astonishing eight Wimbledon titles – an all-time record! His net worth is currently $123.6million (£98.8million).

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