Roger Federer will miss this year's French Open after undergoing knee surgery.
The tournament, the second grand slam event of the calendar year, begins on May 24th at Roland Garros on the outskirts of Paris.
However, 38-year-old Federer, who won the title back in 2009, will not be there as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.
The 20-time grand slam champion went under the knife in Switzerland yesterday.
"My right knee has been bothering me for a little while,” he said on Twitter.
"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."
The tournament comes a little too early for the Swiss who should be back in time from the grass court season and Wimbledon in July.
"After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery,” he added.
"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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