|Posted on August 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM|
Tomas during SF Cincy 2011
*I wish I could take your pain away*
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Tomas was forced to retire from the Cincinnati semi-final against Novak Djokovic due to a shoulder injury but he will be optimistic of making the US Open. Of course, the health of his shoulder will become an overriding question heading into the U.S. Open, which starts on Aug. 29.
Tomas is a quick healer usually, however, how bad is he injured?... Fans worry about his shoulder injury.
an interesting article...
As US Open approaches, tennis is suffering from an injury pile-up
by Kevin Mitchell | guardian.co.uk
Sunday 21 August 2011
World tennis is suffering from an injury pile-up caused by almost non-stop touring.
When the cream of tennis rolls into New York this week to warm up for the US Open, nearly every player will be carrying an injury that could wreck his or her tournament. Some will be putting their careers on the line.
Strained abdominal muscles have already claimed the defending women's champion Kim Clijsters, and Tomas Berdych took the number of recorded injuries in the men's game this season to 500 when he quit with a shoulder injury after losing the first set of his semi-final against Novak Djokovic in the Cincinnati Open.
He was hardly alone. Djokovic revealed later that he too is having trouble with his right shoulder. Rafael Nadal has not fully recovered from the foot injury he picked up at Wimbledon. Andy Murray went into Sunday's final after coming through his semi-final against Mardy Fish with tired legs. Fish finished the match nursing the sore heel that has disrupted his summer programme.
Earlier in the week, Serena Williams divided already split opinion about her commitment to the women's tour when she pulled out with a sore toe, claiming it was a complication of the severed foot tendons she suffered when stepping on glass in a German restaurant after Wimbledon in 2010. Will she show up in New York? Almost certainly. By her own admission, that is why she left Cincinnati early.
A lot of these complaints are chronic niggles that plague every athlete, but there are more high-profile withdrawals in tennis than ever before – and the schedule of back-to-back tournaments is the root cause, according to the players.
For a long time they have urged the ATP and the WTA to rearrange the schedule, an impossible request given the economic realities. It is the curse of modern professional sport. When players have no time to recover, they play with injury rather than pull out beforehand, then quit when the pain becomes unbearable – or inconvenient.
Since 2 January – when the spectacularly anonymous Daniel Puttkammer retired from his match against the Japanese Go Soeda after 31 minutes of a qualifier at the Chennai Open with a blister – men's tennis has witnessed an almost daily roll call of physical misery.
At the Rogers Cup in Montreal, the fragile Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled out a set and three games down against Djokovic in the semi-final. He started brightly in Cincinnati before going out to Alex Bogomolov, ranked No50 in the world. Tsonga might make no impression at all at Flushing Meadows.
Few of the injuries were as innocuous as that of the unranked Puttkammer, the original tour part-timer (his day job is listed as coach to the one-time aspirant to be British, the German-based Jamaican Dustin Brown, and his career earnings stand at US$535 from what appears to be that single appearance on the tour).
But he did have competition from the South African Rik de Voest, who retired during a qualifier in Los Angeles last month with a cut finger. Something unfortunate but unspecified happened to the right ring finger of the Australian Colin Ebelthite in Poznan a week earlier – so, not a great month for fingers, right ring or otherwise.
And who knows what the "personal reasons" were cited by Evgeny Kirillov at a Penza challenger on 18 July, and also by Ricardo Hocevar in Bogota the previous week?
More than 100 players could not come up with a specific reason for either retiring, withdrawing or simply not showing up. There were four no-shows – Ilia Starkov at Monte Carlo; Vaja Uzakov and Marat Gilmanov in Kazan, and Caio Zampieri in Bogota – although no details were given.
There were high profile casualties – and intriguing coincidences. According to research by tennisinsight.com, some days were worse than others. For instance, on 1 August, seven players fell in Washington, and five in Beijing.
Those excuses/reasons that could be identified revealed a preponderance of physical woes on the right side of the body. There were 46 back complaints, followed by: shoulder 32 (left, 1); knee 30 (left, 10); unspecified illness, 20; leg 20 (left, 6); hip 17 (left, 2); ankle 15 (left, 3); stomach 11; foot 10 (left, 4); arm 10 (left, 1); elbow 10 (left, 1); wrist 10 (left, 3); foot 10 (left, 4); fatigue 9; abdominal 8; rib 7 (left 1); thigh 7 (left, 3); cramping 7; thigh 7 (left, 2); hamstring 6 (left, 1); groin 6; muscle strain 6; late 6; heat 5; dehydration 5; calf 4 (left, 1); finger 4; abductor 4 (left, 2); quad 4 (left, 1); virus 3; chest pain 2; heat stroke 2; dizziness 2; sick 2; food poisoning 2; neck 2; glute strain 1; quadriceps pain 1; heel 1; oblique strain 1; patellar tendinitis 1; fibula 1; triceps 1; SI strain 1; allergic reaction 1; right ring finger 1; Lombalgia 1; upper respiratory infection 1; respiratory 1.
UPDATE August 22, 2011
Novak Djokovic's remarkable winning streak ended with a grimace, one that puts a new spin on the U.S. Open. The world's top-ranked player was forced to retire in the second set Sunday because of a sore right shoulder, giving Andy Murray the championship at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.