Canada's Pospisil off ATP for three months after surgery

Montreal (AFP) –


Canada's Vasek Pospisil, a former Wimbledon doubles champion, will miss the next three months of ATP Tour events following successful back surgery, Tennis Canada announced on Monday.

The world singles number 74 underwent the operation on Friday in New York to ease back pain that had been nagging him since an injury sustained in October at the ATP Paris Masters.

"After exhausting multiple options, it was determined that the best course of action was for Vasek to undergo surgical microdiscectomy to repair his herniated disk," spinal physician Frank Cammisa said.

"By removing the abnormal disk material that was pressing on a nerve root, combined with proper post-operative rehabilitation, he is expected to make a full recovery," Cammisa added.

Pospisil, 28, consulted Czech and Canadian experts before turning to surgery as the best option.

"It has been a really difficult few months for me but I'm so fortunate to have had such a great team of doctors around me that made sure I had the very best care," Pospisil said.

"I'll work hard to get healthy, but I know I need to be patient in my recovery."

Pospisil joined American Jack Sock to win the 2014 Wimbledon doubles crown. Pospisil and fellow-Canadian Daniel Nestor lost the 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medal match to Sock and Steve Johnson from the US.

Pospisil reached his only ATP singles final in 2014 at Washington, losing to countryman Milos Raonic in the first all-Canadian final in tour history.