Roger Federer injury: Swiss tennis maestro hurt his knee in the most “Dad” way possible

Roger Federer injury: Swiss tennis maestro hurt his knee in the most "Dad" way possible

Roger Federer blames a bathroom mishap while on parental duty for the knee injury that forced him to have surgery for the first time.

Roger Federer had to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus and clarified the cause of the problem on the eve of his return.

“It happened the day after the Djokovic match,” the 17-time grand slam champion said. “I woke up, I don’t know exactly remember what happened.

“I think I was going to run a bath for the girls. I made a very simple movement, turned back, heard a click in my knee. My leg was swollen.

“I came back and had an MRI done in Switzerland. Saw a doctor right after the MRI. He said I had to have surgery on Tuesday. I did that in Switzerland. Here I am seven weeks and two days later.

“I’m very happy how it went, but clearly that was very sad when I did get the news I did have to have an operation.

“I thought I was going to get through my career without any. It was a big shock and yeah, disappointing.”

Roger Federer, meanwhile, believes it should be up to organisers at individual tournaments whether male and female players get equal prize money or not.

The fall-out from comments on the issue made on Sunday by Indian Wells chief executive Raymond Moore – who has since resigned – has rumbled on all week.

Moore made disparaging comments about the women’s game before world No 1 Djokovic suggested men should earn more if they generate more income.

Djokovic has since apologised, insisting he is a strong supporter of equality in tennis, and said he had spoken to Serena Williams and Andy Murray, who had both voiced their disapproval.

Federer said: “I think it depends on what tournaments we are talking about. I’m all for equal prize money.

“When I was fighting for prize money increases, especially at the slam level, I was always very aware of the fact that it was always going to impact the women’s game, which I was very happy about.

“Both at the same time were growing. But then you have to look at the history of each and every event, where it came from.

“Some tournaments were a men’s tournament, then the women joined or vice versa, it was a women’s tournament and we joined them.

“It’s sometimes hard to make equal prize money there. It’s up to the tournament director to decide if he wants it to be that way.”