Daniil Medvedev will miss 1-2 months due to hernia surgery

Daniil Medvedev will miss the next 1-2 months due to a hernia. After playing through pain for the last few months, he has elected for surgery.

Daniil Medvedev, Open d'Australie 2022 Daniil Medvedev, Open d’Australie 2022 – © Antoine Couvercelle / Panoramic

Days after falling short in his quest to return to the No 1 ranking, Daniil Medvedev has another big hill to climb. The 26-year-old took to social media to inform the public that he has had a “small procedure” to repair a hernia.

According to reports, Medvedev has an inguinal hernia.

“The last months I have been playing with a small hernia,” Medvedev wrote. “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.”

Medvedev has already undergone the surgery. He posted the news from the hospital on Saturday.

No 1 for three weeks

It has been a special year for Medvedev, despite the injury news. In February Medvedev became the first non Big 4 player to hold the top ranking in 18 years, since Andy Roddick in 2004. Medvedev, at 6’6″, is the tallest player to ever claim the No 1 ranking, and he was the 27th player to ascend to No 1.

He held the top spot for three weeks, before Novak Djokovic’s return to No 1.

Medvedev was one victory from reclaiming the No1 ranking this week in Miami, but fell to Hurbert Hurkacz, 7-6(7), 6-3 in the quarter-finals in Miami.

Roland-Garros a question mark

With the clay season kicking into focus next week, and the French Open lingering just six weeks in the distance, it’s not clear if Medvedev intends to play in Paris, where he’d be defending quarter-final points.

Though his absence will set him back in the race for No 1, the clay season is an ideal time to miss for Medvedev. He only has 790 ranking points to defend from now until the end of Roland-Garros.

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