Injury plagued Andrea Petkovic has had a disastrous start to her 2013 season after withdrawing from her first match of the season in tears after suffering a medial meniscal tear.
Meniscal tears usually occur when there is a twisting vector or force placed on the knee and will require surgery to fix it – hopefully just clipping of the torn part. Potentially this could mean that Andrea is out of action for up to three months.
Even more unfortunately the injury happened on the same knee she has previously had a reconstruction of her ACL and meniscus already. You have to wonder if her movement needs some serious work, if the people controlling her rehab are missing something causing problems elsewhere or if she’s just unlucky. Either way her knee is quickly following the story of Mark Philippoussis… never the same after multiple surgeries. Read more »
At the Hopman Cup behind the scenes Mardy Fish was irritable and demanded answers from his team as to what he could do to lift his level and find some form as his body seemed to refuse to do what he wanted.
Just a few months later word was that Fish was struggling with a serious health issue but there was not a lot of information about what the issue was. Good friend Andy Roddick jumped to his defense when it was suggested that the American players were avoiding the European clay. Read more »
Defending champion Petra Kvitova has revealed she’s been struggling with back pain over the last 10 days.
“I think it will be all right tomorrow. I have just stiff back, so I hope it will be all right.
I play from the beginning and I knew what I have to play. I have good tactics plans. Yeah, it seems very easy from the beginning, but some games was really close. I try to win the big points. Read more »
Tournament favourites and top seeds Tomas Berdych and Petra Kvitova for the Czech Republic have won the diamond encrusted balls at the Hopman Cup in Perth defeating the French team of Marion Bartoli and Richard Gasquet 2-0.
Unbeaten world number two Petra Kvitova seemed unhindered by and back niggles she had had the previous day when she had clutched at her left lower back before losing the thoracic rotation in her shots. Petra had struggled with her serve, appearing to be dragged down by her poor posture on the right thorax for a good portion of the third set against Caroline Wozniacki. Read more »
After Bethanie Mattek-Sands secured a win for USA at the Hopman Cup, Mardy Fish hoped to come out and beat youngster Grigor Dimitrov for a 2-0 lead over Bulgaria so they wouldn’t have to play the doubles.
While Mattek-Sands headed to the showers and the massage table her husband Justin Sands was sent in search of a new outfit as it became increasingly evident that the doubles match would be played.
From the physio room we joked that the doubles would be war when we saw how irritated Fish was when he came off the court after his singles, seemingly scolding Dimitrov as they shook hands at the end of the match. Read more »
The Hopman Cup celebrated the new year in Perth with an invitation only black tie ball. Aussie Jarmilla Gajdosova looked beautiful in a Carla Zampatti gown. Lleyton Hewitt looked very dapper in a black suit as he escorted wife Bec to the ball, saying that he hoped in the new year their youngest child, Ava, would start sleeping through the night so they could get some sleep!
“I’m back.” Ominious word from French Open champion Li Na who overcame some early nerves, lacking confidence and a dodgey first service percentage to come back and beat Marion Bartoli 2-6 6-2 6-4.
Bartoli had looked in control of the match, a more athletic figure that in recent years, but still the same intensity that she brought to the second half of last season. Bartoli was crushing Li’s second serve and when China’s most famous female tennis player took some pace off her first serve just to get one in Bartoli stepped in and crushed them too. Read more »
Lleyton Hewitt has added Peter Luczak to his enormous entourage to try and help the ailing Australian tennis star have one last successful bid at the top of the game despite his ongoing issues with his big toe.
The big toe has proven to be a big problem with a prominent Australian specialist saying it was the worst he’d ever seen and he wondered how Hewitt was even walking. The problem is that having a problem like Hewitt’s throws off your whole foot biomechanics and leaves you vulnerable to injuries elsewhere as Lleyton knows only too well.
Peter joins Hewitt’s team as a traveling hitting partner. Read more »
>The absolute highlight of the Hopman Cup has to be when Nicolas Mahut, a history making man, stood with John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-Sands on the opposite side of the court. In 2010 Nicolas Mahut and John Isner stepped onto an outside court at Wimbledon where they did battle for 11 hours and 5 minutes in what became the longest match in the history of tennis.
While their Hopman Cup meetings were slightly shorter, their meeting for the mixed doubles kept the crowd entertained as the Frenchman borrowed a dress from partner Kristina Mladenovic and donned a headband and some of Bethanie Mattek-Sands’ long socks.
As you can see from the video bellow everyone was entertained by his display.