Roger Federer has announced he will miss this year's French Open after undergoing knee surgery.
The 20-time grand slam champion went under the knife in Switzerland yesterday.
Federer, 38, wrote on Twitter: "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 an arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday."
Federer, who won his solitary Roland Garros title in 2009, will not be back in action until the grass-court season at the earliest.
He continued: "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!"
The French Open begins on May 24 this year and ends on June 7, just three weeks before Wimbledon starts.
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