Tennis’ Wounded Warriors

An athlete’s biggest foe is a career impacting injury.  Unfortunately, it is almost expected that at some point in your career you will be affected by an injury, the fear is will it be career ending.

Rafael Nadal had some left wrist issues recently in the Rome tournament and I pray that he is fully recovered to make a concerted push to reclaim his throne at Roland Garros.

Roger Federer has been forced to withdraw from the French Open, ending his streak of 65 consecutive appearances at the Majors. Federer’s back injury still is not fully recovered.

Back injury is probably the most annoying injury for a tennis player and once you start having issues with your back, it can be a life-long problem.  Belinda Bencic at this young age is struggling with her back and has not played on tour for a few months now.

David Ferrer is not fully recovered from his calf injury and has been struggling to regain his form. He has dropped out of the top 10, his first time since the week of 10/11/2010.  More evidence that he is not at his best, he lost a few days ago to Marin Cilic, who had not defeated him since 2009.

Garbine Muguruza is struggling with chronic foot and ankle issues.  Hopefully they will not create any problems for her during this tournament, which requires a lot of work to win a point.

Gael Monfils withdrew because of a viral infection that caused him to be bed-ridden.  A pity, he has been playing the most consistent high quality tennis I have seen from him in a long time and I was looking to see him go far this French Open.

Caroline Wozniacki is also not present due to a persistent ankle injury.

Victoria Azarenka is playing with lingering injuries, foot and recently back.  Hopefully she is up to the task of grinding out the points on clay.

Juan Martin Del Potro is still struggling to fully recover from bilateral wrist surgeries and one wonders if he will ever fully recover to grace us with the brilliant tennis that saw him defeat Federer to win the US Open in 2009.


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