World number 11 Fabio Fognini underwent surgery on both ankles on Saturday to cure a long-standing problem.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the 33-year-old Italian tennis player said he had hoped the two-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic would have improved his situation.
“I’ve been having a problem with my left ankle for three and a half years now and it’s an issue I’ve learnt to cope with,” Fognini said. “Then my right ankle started playing up in the last two years as well.
“After a medical examination and a long discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery on both ankles.
“I believe it’s the right thing to do while the Tour is on an enforced break. I will have surgery today`(Saturday).”
No professional tournaments have been played since the start of March because of the pandemic, and the ATP Tour has been suspended until at least the start of August.