World number two Daniil Medvedev is unlikely to be fit for the French Open next month after revealing he needs a hernia operation.
The Russian, who is 5/2 to defend his US Open crown later this year, says he is likely to be out of action for up two months and, with the French Open getting underway on May 22, faces a battle to be fully fit for the Paris showpiece.
“The last months I have been playing with a small hernia,” he said on social media. “Together with my team I have decided to have a small procedure done to fix the problem.
“I will likely be out for the next 1-2 months and will work hard to be back on court soon. Thanks for all the support.”
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The 26-year-old would have returned to the top of the world rankings last week if he had beaten Polish ace Hubert Hurkacz at the Miami Open but he slipped to a straight sets defeat in the quarter-final and now he must focus on having surgery and getting back to the court as soon as possible afterwards.
Medvedev, who won his first Grand Slam at the US Open last year, made it all the way to the final of the Australian Open in January, where he lost to Rafael Nadal, and has enjoyed a solid enough year overall so far, also making the semis of the Mexican Open and the third round of the Indian Wells Masters.
The Russian became world number one for the first time in his career at the end of February but only stayed on top for three weeks before Novak Djokovic again took over.
Medvedev is available at 16/1 to recover in time and win the French Open, for which Nadal is the 5/4 favourite and Djokovic is 9/4.
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