Chilean tennis player Gonzalez to have hip surgery

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Chilean tennis player Fernando Gonzalez says he'll have hip surgery next month and expects to be out of action for eight to nine months.

Gonzalez said Wednesday on his website that he will have surgery on his right hip on Oct. 4. He said he did not expect to need surgery on his troublesome knees, but his doctor Alejandro Orizola said that was also a possibility. Orizola said the right knee was the more problematic.

Gonzalez said the surgery would be performed by Dr. Brian Kelly in New York. Gonzalez has been out sidelined for much of the year. He attempted to play in the recent U.S. Open but retired during the third set of a first-round match against Ivan Dodig of Croatia.

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