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Daniil Medvedev to have surgery, miss up to 2 months

Mar 31, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Daniil Medvedev acknowledges the crowd while leaving the court after his match against Hubert Hurkacz (POL)(not pictured) in a men's singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev will undergo surgery to repair a hernia and miss up to two months, he announced Saturday on Twitter.

“The last months I have been playing with a small hernia. Together with my team I have decided to have a small procedure done to fix the problem,” he posted. “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.”

Medvedev reached No. 1 in the world on Feb. 28, but the stay was short-lived. He lost to Gael Monfils of France in the second round at Indian Wells, Calif., earlier this month, and to Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in the quarterfinals in Miami on Thursday.

Novak Djokovic has retaken the No. 1 ranking.

The timing of the medical procedure means Medvedev could miss the clay-court season, which culminates with the French Open beginning May 22.

The 26-year-old Russian has 13 career victories, but none of them on clay. Known for his play on hard courts, the 2021 U.S. Open champion has a 15-21 career record on clay.

–Field Level Media