On Sunday, Roger Federer declared that he will not play in the US Open 2021 event because of knee surgery. The Swiss, who turned 40 on 8th August, stated that he will not be able to participate in the competition for "a few months", although he is hopeful of returning to the ATP Tour.
He explained that he reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon earlier this summer, but his knees deteriorated again in the process. This was the third operation on his right knee in the past 18 months. He undergoes arthroscopic surgery for the first time in February 2020, and then the next surgery in May of the same year.
"I will stay on crutches for a long time and will not participate in competitions for several months," he said, " obviously it will be difficult in a certain way. But at the same time, I realize it's the proper thing to would in light of the fact that I like to be sound, I want to run around later, and give myself a glimmer of hope to get back to the tournament in some shape or structure.
"I'm very practical, don't get me wrong. I know how difficult it is to have another operation and try it at my age now," Federer continued. "But I want to be healthy. I will complete the recovery process with goals while I am still active, and I think this will help me for a long time."
After recovering from the previous two operations, the 20-time Grand Slam champion missed the game for more than a year,
As a five-time singles winner in New York, Federer last participated in the US Open in 2019, when he reached the quarterfinals. Beginning in 2004-08, he won the U.S. Open for five consecutive years and then entered the finals twice in 2009 and 2015.
After Federer's withdrawal, Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands entered the 2021 U.S. Open.