Daniil Medvedev Undergos Surgery on Hernia Injury, Will Miss 1-2 Months

Erin WalshApril 2, 2022

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - MARCH 31: Daniil Medvedev of Russia waves to the crowd as he leaves the court after losing to Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in their Men's quarterfinal match during the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on March 31, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev announced Saturday that he will miss the next one to two months after undergoing hernia surgery.

Medvedev said he had been playing "with a small hernia" over "the last months." His announcement comes after he fell to Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open on Thursday.

Daniil Medvedev @DaniilMedwed

Hi everyone. 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. 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.

It appears Medvedev is well on the road to recovery, too.

Daniil Medvedev @DaniilMedwed

Recovering….but still watching🤣. Can you guess who is playing? <a href="https://t.co/2obgBfiNuq">pic.twitter.com/2obgBfiNuq</a>

Medvedev captured the world No. 1 ranking in February after Novak Djokovic fell to Jiri Vesely in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships. However, he dropped back to No. 2 with an upset loss to Gael Monfils in the round of 32 at Indian Wells last month.

The 26-year-old was expected to have a better performance at the Miami Open but fell to Hurkacz, who went on to lose to Carlos Alcaraz Garfia in the semifinals.

Medvedev's status for the upcoming French Open in May is now in question. Last year, he reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, but if his recovery lasts a full two months, he'll miss the tournament.

Even if he were to play at the French Open, Medvedev could face some difficulty. The start of clay-court season begins Monday, and playing in the events leading up to Roland Garros is important for players to get used to the surface.

If Medvedev skips clay-court season entirely, his focus will be on grass courts and Wimbledon, which is set to begin at the end of June. Hurkacz knocked him out in the fourth round of last year's Wimbledon.