The issues Rafael Nadal has had with his knees, and his treatments and injury time outs, have been well documented over the years. It seems with each injury period the media starts talking retirement – but I have to say it is an unusual situation and even Federer has said it’s “big surprise, these two pullouts. I’m sad for him. I hope he’ll be back for the Open.”
Nadal made no secret that his goals for the 2012 season were Roland Garros and the Olympics. Ultimately, after losing early at Wimbledon, Rafa went home for some R&R – and apparently another PRP injection. Read more
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With the three of the five most powerful and most likely to win the Australian Open in the WTA suffering injuries recently Li Na and Petra Kvitova as the only ones in cruise control. Serena Williams appears to have recovered from a ankle sprain in Perth and is flaunting her ripped body during Rod Laver Arena practice sessions. Kim Clijsters insists her hip is better but she has struggled so much in the last 12 months with injury issues that the defending champ is still under a cloud of doubt.
That leaves Caroline Wozniacki who is clinging to her number one spot as the only one without a Grand Slam and the one in the biggest doubt. Read more
This years Australian Open is a tough one to call, mostly because there are a few niggling injuries in the top 15 and quite a few who are yet to show form that warrants their high ranking.
Then there are a few variables.
Sam Querrey is returning after a lengthy and serious injury time out but according to American insiders is playing well. David Nalbandian is always dangerous and overflowing with potential but always seems to come up short or injured, much like Lleyton Hewitt. Read more
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It’s almost like a warning that we shouldn’t expect too much from former Australian Open champion and current world number two Rafael Nadal when, and if, he arrives in Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the 2012 season.
Nadal has stated today that he will take all of February off, skipping Dubai, in favour of rest and rehabilitation to a left shoulder injury that has bothered him recently. He sought treatment for the shoulder (apparently a tendinitis) in Barcelona before Christmas. Read more
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After sliding under a table in the press room yesterday in extreme pain due to cramps, Rafael Nadal seems very keen to prove himself fit and fully recovered. It started when he posted a video saying he was fine and reassuring his fans that cramps are fairly common place in professional tennis.
For those who follow Nadal’s movements closely, the Spaniard does not post videos often and so it does seem that he is keen to avoid further investigation to the state of his body after recent blister (burn) issues and ongoing foot problems after Wimbledon. Read more
You just had to watch Milos Raonic’s reaction to his fall at Wimbledon – it wasn’t a small problem. His leg twisted awkwardly and he easily could have torn his hip labrum (click here) or done a multitude of other things to his hip. It seemed optimistic to assume it was bruising or that he would be able to play Davis Cup. Read more
As suspected Milos Raonic didn’t have simple bruising but he also seems to have avoided the worst case scenario which would have been a labral or capsular tear or even a fracture. While Milos is still having further tests, he hopes to be up and running for David Cup. Read more
It was a sad end to Milos Raonic’s Wimbledon campaign as the promising youngster was force to retire while he lead 3-2 after an awkward fall in the early stages of his match against Gilles Muller. Read more
Now before you all get seriously concerned I am not suggesting that Rafael Nadal has actually had some sort of traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries of any sort are very serious but it is also the body part or organ that I think is affecting Rafa most at the moment.
Nadal has long been known for his exceptional mental toughness and while he is still more mentally focuses than most other players something seems to have switched. Read more
Andy Murray has written a column for BBC Sport (click here) where he has talked about his ankle injury that may keep him out of Roland Garros. Below are some quotes from the article but you should click on the link if you want to read the whole thing.
Some of the things Murray says don’t give me a lot of faith that he is walking around with an ankle that just had a slight tweak but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I’m of the view that an athletes initial reaction tells you a great deal about the injury. They usually know if they can’t play any more, if they shouldn’t play any more and the fact that Andy admits he wondered is cause for concern. Read more