Roger Federer will miss the French Open as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion indicated he plans to return to the court in time to pursue his ninth Wimbledon title in July.
"My right knee has been bothering me for a little while," the 38-year-old Swiss star posted on Twitter on Thursday. "I hoped it would go away, but after an examination, and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday (Wednesday).
"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 soon, see you on the grass!"
Federer's only victory at Roland Garros came in 2009.
--Field Level Media