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Casualty Watch

JENNY

Hi TP – would it be possible to have a permanent Casualty Watch on the Top Bar? All the tours can be under one thread. I’ll do my best to keep it alive, I’m sure others will too. What do you think?

384 Responses to “Casualty Watch”

  1. Jenny said

    Wow TP, thank you! So quick and you didn’t even tell me! I’ll transfer the Cincinnati wounded over tomorrow.

  2. Jenny said

    CINCINNATI:

    Withdrew

    Juan Martin del Potro – fatique

    Retired due to injury

    Dudi Sela –
    Viktor Troiki – foot
    Fernando Gonzalez – knee

    • Jenny said

      John Isner – retired against Chardy

      • M said

        Oh, this blew right by me. Is he going to be okay for the USO?

        (And did I thank you profusely for putting this in one place?)

      • Jenny said

        Hi M, I don’t know what was wrong with John, but I thought you would be interested in this thread. You did thank me of course, but there was no need, I thought it would be useful. It will also give some reasons why players drop rank, no.

  3. Jenny said

    Why am I not surprised, Ferru [4th seed] has had to withdraw from New Haven next week on medical advice – that wretched left knee tendinitis.

  4. Jenny said

    New Haven

    Fabio Fognini – Ret, left leg pain.

  5. Jenny said

    US OPEN
    Mardy Fish – withdrawal due to rib injury.

    Seeds Out – first round

    P-H Mathieu [26] lost to Mikhail Youzhny.

  6. Gracie said

    USO – Ivanovic chokes. lol.

  7. Sarah said

    NEW YORK — American teenager Melanie Oudin has upset No. 4-seeded Elena Dementieva in the second round of the U.S. Open.

    The 70th-ranked Oudin, of Marietta, Ga., came back to stun Dementieva 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
    Dementieva was the 2004 runner-up at the U.S. Open and French Open and won the singles gold medal at the Beijing Olympics last year.

    The 17-year-old Oudin, meanwhile, never had won a U.S. Open match until this week. She never had won a Grand Slam match until reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon this year.

    Now Oudin will face three-time major champion Maria Sharapova or another U.S. teenager, Christina McHale, in the third round.

    Top-seeded Dinara Safina, meanwhile, survived a second upset bid in as many matches at the Open, overcoming 15 double-faults to pull off another comeback victory over a low-ranked opponent.

    Beset by shaky nerves and poor play, Safina managed to hold on to beat 67th-ranked Kristina Barrois of Germany 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3 Thursday in the second round.

    That came after Safina barely avoided becoming the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose in the U.S. Open’s first round. She had 11 double-faults and 48 unforced errors in that match, a three-set win over 167th-ranked Olivia Rogowska.

    Safina needed more than two hours to get through each match so far.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

  8. Jenny said

    Tried to post the updates, no luck. I’ll try again.

    • Jenny said

      Simon [9] lost to Juan Carlos [24]
      Berdych [17] lost to Gonzo [11]
      Blake [21] lost to Robredo [14]
      Hewitt [31] lost to Federer [1]
      Roddick [5] lost to Isner [unseeded]
      Haas [20] lost to Verdasco [10]
      Querrey [22] lost to Soderling [12]
      Kohlschreiber [23] lost to Stepanek [15]
      Almagro [32] lost to Nadal [3]
      Acasuso [unseeded] RETIRED against Monfils [13]

  9. Jenny said

    Davis Cup: Nadal and Verdasco unable to play – Abdo and foot surgery [Verdasco]

  10. Jenny said

    Thailand Open

    Nadal – Withdrawn – Abdo injury.

  11. Bettyjane said

    Tennis player Querrey hurts arm in freak accident
    (AP) – 15 hours ago

    NEW YORK — Sam Querrey cut his right forearm in a freak accident after practicing for the Thailand Open in Bangkok and will be out at least four to six weeks, the U.S. Tennis Association says.

    USTA spokesman Tim Curry says the 21-year-old Querrey sat on a glass table after practice Monday and fell through, hurting his arm. The injury required emergency surgery.

    A right-hander from Thousand Oaks, Calif., Querrey is No. 25 in the ATP rankings.

    (Why oh WHY did he sit on a glass table!!!)

  12. Bettyjane said

    Japan Open.
    The world No3 still has problems with his left wrist, which he aggravated during Great Britain’s Davis Cup defeat against Poland last month.

    World No1 Roger Federer had already withdrawn from the $1.3million tournament after telling organisers he needed a rest following a physically-demanding year.

    A statement on Murray’s official website said: “Andy is disappointed not to be competing in Japan.

    “But on the basis of medical advice, he has decided to give his left wrist further time to recover.

    “His injury is improving on a daily basis and Andy is very close to resuming full training. The wrist will be assessed again this weekend.”

    Murray, 22, is expected to return to action at the Shaghai Masters.

  13. Jenny said

    Tokyo

    Murray withdraws – wrist injury.

  14. Jenny said

    Andy Murray has pulled out of Shanghai with continuing wrist problems. He thinks he may have tendinitis. He hasn’t overplayed with so many tournaments as others with this problem, so maybe he’s over-training.

    • M said

      It does sound like he’s overtraining.
      Andy’s always been a hard worker; I think he’s working too hard.

      (This is also a little frustrating because, hello? Can he not see the effects of doing that right in front of him, in the #2 spot?)

  15. Jenny said

    Shanghai: Retirements – Haas, Del Potro [wrist] Roddick [knee?] – all in the first round.

  16. monique said

    OMG…they are dropping like flies???????????????

  17. Sol said

    Retired today:
    Wawrinka (abdominal pain)
    Monfils (?)

    To quote Monique, the seeds are dropping like flies…

  18. Jenny said

    Thanks for the input Monique and Sol. Just a few updates to queries.

    Monfils – Felt too sick and dizzy to carry on.
    Haas – Shoulder, urrgh,

  19. monique said

    Add Jose Acasuso to the list……

    • Jenny said

      Thanks Monique, I’d forgotten about Chucho, what was wrong with him this time?

      • Joolz said

        Knee. Has had trouble with it since the US Open. Just read about it on an Argentine site.

      • Jenny said

        Thnx. Poor old Chucho, he looks such a big strong healthy guy, another one who hasn’t had much luck physically.

      • Jenny said

        Ivan Ljubicic – retired with Thigh/Groin injury in his match against Rafa. Sorry Ivan.

      • M said

        See, that’s the thing about these injuries. They’re severe, and/or in very vulnerable spots.
        Love to see Rafa advance, of course, but so painful to see Luby out injured.

        P.S. Thank you all as usual for keeping this so up to date.

  20. monique said

    F.Lopez joins the others……it is getting worse and worse.

  21. Jenny said

    SWEDEN

    Robin Soderling – Elbow injury. Withdrew from semis. w/o for Baghdatis.

  22. Jenny said

    VALENCIA

    Robin Soderling – withdrawn – elbow injury.

  23. Jenny said

    Andy Roddick has withdrawn from Valencia

  24. monique said

    Tommy Haas has the H1N1 virus….

  25. Jenny said

    Valencia and Basel:

    Oscar Hernandez – Retired
    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Retired
    David Ferrer – doubles match with JC cancelled due to Ferrer’s hamstring injury and scan.

  26. Jenny said

    David F will play his second round singles match against Montanes on Thursday, I love your guts and brave heart, but you take care David – gosh, I really do sound like a mother!

  27. Jenny said

    Sad news, as just said by our comms. Ferru has had to withdraw. We’re not sure what the problem is, it was a left hamstring yesterday. He won’t play in Paris either apparently, such a rotten shame, the horrible, cruel side of tennis. I’m relieved he’s being sensible by preventing serious damage to himself, and because we don’t want to see him carried off the court mid match.

  28. Jenny said

    Now Tipsy is taking a med time out, looks like his leg too. He looks okay now, moving fine, so I’m not sure. This is Verdasco’s match to lose. ATP are you watching all what’s been going on, this is ridulous – ADDRESS THIS ISSUE NOW and stop burying your heads in the sand, cut back on mandatory tournaments, or whatever it takes.

  29. monique said

    A-Rod withdraws from Paris. Must be because of his knee.
    .

  30. monique said

    Andy has been in the elite 8 for 7 consecutive years. For the 1st time, he will not be there.

  31. Jenny said

    We’re off already. I understand Tsonga has withdrawn from the Abu Dhabi exo with an injury.

    • M said

      Ack. I was so looking forward to seeing him actually play this season.
      Nothing to do with the knees, I hope.

    • Sol said

      Sheesh. Already? Thanks for the info Jenny

    • monique said

      Ferrer is stepping in to take his place.

      • Jenny said

        Thnx Monique, David was practicising on Christmas Day, so we guessed something was stirring tennis wise because he wasn’t due to play until 11th Jan, he had to cancel an annual charity event on 3lst at the last minute to accept the Abu Dhabi invite.

        Doha: I hear Tsonga has pulled out of Doha because of an injured wrist.

  32. Jenny said

    Doha

    Steve Darcis [Bel] retired against Rafa Nadal – Hip? Side? Back?

  33. Joolz said

    Auckland

    David Nalbandian has pulled out of the tournament, due to an abdominal strain he picked up during training.
    He’s also in doubt for the AO.

  34. Somebody Else said

    Gael Monfils has pulled out of the Sydney tournament with a shoulder injury.
    There goes his AO chance.

  35. Jenny said

    Juan Carlos Ferrero has just retired lst set against Lammer in Auckland with a bad ankle twist.

    • M said

      Juanquí! Oh no!

      I really sort of hate that we’re starting out with all these injuries, and we haven’t even had a Slam yet.

      • Jenny said

        I know, and this was in full view of everyone.

      • M said

        Oh, and he’s *so* proud.
        *is very sad*

        Is the twist very very bad? Strain? Or *shudder* sprain?

      • Somebody Else said

        *

      • Jenny said

        He was running and the ankle just gave way and rolled over, big tendon strain by the look of it which can be worse. He did get it strapped, he tried to play on, but it was hopeless. He’s now changed to Joma clothing from Lotto, not an auspicious start.

      • M said

        Hm. Joma’s Feli’s sponsor, no? Not to go all OT, but any idea why he changed?

        And it could have been the new, different shoes. He always plays at six thousand percent. *seethes and glares at Lotto* Don’t they know this is the guy who dives on a hard court?

        (Somebody Else, why is there only an asterisk in your comment?)

      • Jenny said

        Yep, Feli’s with Joma. It could have been the shoes, thank goodness he’s not a heavy guy and go down with a thump, actually I don’t think he dropped. I know David wears Lotto, but I’ve never been keen on some of their designs.

      • Somebody Else said

        That was just me trying to mess with you, M. 😉

      • M said

        Hmpf. You’re so bad, SE. You knew it would work — it’s been that kind of day, when I think I’ve been seeing things.

    • Somebody Else said

      Jenny,
      Were you ever able to find those player/match statistics you were looking for?

      I had found a PDF file on the ATP website, called “top 200 matchfacts”, but it only covers performance since the beginning of this year. 2009 lists such as ace leaders ‘09, break-point leaders ‘09, first serve pctg. leaders ‘09, etc. are nowhere to be found on the site. I used their search bar, even looking up Greg Sharko statistics, and found nothing. Other means are in order.

      Anything on this yet?

  36. Sol said

    Stan the Man withdrew from Sydney due to some muscle pain in his neck

  37. M said

    Noooo!

    http://us.rd.yahoo.com/sports/rss/ten/SIG=12rhag0no/*http%3A//sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=ap-australianopen-nalbandianout&prov=ap&type=lgns

  38. monique said

    Del Potro out of Kooyong with wrist injury……

  39. monique said

    Soderling is out with elbow injury.

  40. Jenny said

    Oh dear, it’s only 14th Jan and 8? are ailing already, this is terrible. We know Nalby and Mathieu won’t be in Australia, and JC could be questionable given that roll, I’m surprised he didn’t break his ankle. Delpo and Soderling have had problems with those areas before. Thanks for updating the thread, guys.

  41. monique said

    Gilles Simon is out of AO with knee in injury.

  42. Jenny said

    I understand Juan Carlos will be playing in the AO. Apparently he won’t start until Tuesday.

  43. Jenny said

    Frederico Gil retired against David Ferrer 6-0 6-0 2-0 – I have no idea why, he didn’t call the trainer.

  44. Jenny said

    Australian Open: The following courtesy of M.

    Thanks M.

    SEED CASUALTY COUNT:

    Soderling (8)
    Stepanek (13)
    Robredo (16)
    Querrey (21)
    Melzer (28)

    Now I’m really saying good night.
    *waves*

  45. Jenny said

    Juan Carlos Ferrero [23]

  46. Jenny said

    Philipp Kohlschreiber [27]
    Ivan Ljubicic [24]
    Stanislas Wawrinka [19]
    Gael Monfils [12]

  47. monique said

    Mikhail Youzhny is out with a wrist injury.

  48. Jenny said

    Stefan Koubek – retired
    Marcos Baghdatis – retired

  49. Jenny said

    Tommy Haas [18]

  50. Jenny said

    Juan Martin del Potro [4]
    Fernando Gonzalez [11] ‘Will you marry me, Fena’! Humour me folks! I need to see a pic of him smiling in this match, TP.

  51. Jenny said

    Lleyton Hewitt [22]
    Fernando Verdasco [9]
    Nicolas Almagro [26]

  52. Jenny said

    Doubles:

    Ivan Ljubicic retired injured, ankle?

  53. Jenny said

    Rafael Nadal defending champion – retired injured.

  54. monique said

    Richard Gasquet has reportedly been forced to withdraw from Santiago with a micro-tear in his back , while Jeremy Chardy won’t be defending his final points in Johannesburg due to an injured wrist.

  55. Jenny said

    Sorry to hear of these injuries. Gonzalez is the 4 times defending champion in Santiago, one of clay’s elite and son of Santiago, I doubt Richard would have got past him if they met.

  56. Jenny said

    Rotterdam:

    Viktor Troicki retired mid match. Reason?

  57. monique said

    Fish withdraws from San Jose with a knee injury.

  58. Joolz said

    Del Potro out of Marseille, Dubai and Davis Cup (tendonitis, right wrist).

    • Jenny said

      Thanks Joolz, he’s been having on/off probs with that wrist for ages hasn’t he? DC – oh well, back to David yet again. Surely the Capt will call on Juan Monaco now?

      • Joolz said

        There’s a rumour that David won’t play DC either… Not sure what to believe, right now. Or what to hope for. DC with David, bearing all the responsibility again? Or DC without David and an almost guaranteed place for Argentina in next year’s World Group playoffs?

      • Jenny said

        Who are they playing this coming tie? Difficult to know what is best for David. How many years has he carried this responsibility now, it seems like years.

      • Joolz said

        Söderling. Also known as the Swedish team… In Stockholm. But yeah, David is the Argentine team. He has always made DC his priority for as long as I can remember. Which is why it would seem so strange if he pulled out as well. Apart from that, it could very well lead to Argentina not competing in the World Group next year. And David doesn’t have that many years left (he says) to fulfill his DC dream.

    • M said

      Ladies, I’m sorry — I’ve been horribly busy, and haven’t been able to actively be in the conversation.

      Does this mean neither Juan Martín *nor* David will be playing for Argentina in the DC tie?

      • Joolz said

        Delpo is definitely out. David – nobody really knows at the moment. But I can’t imagine he won’t play.

      • Jenny said

        In the meantime, the two Davids will be on the beach tomorrow! Ferru was planning to fly out to Argentina today.

      • M said

        WooooooT!

        Joolz, Jenny said you might have a link for the match?
        *bats lashes*

      • Jenny said

        LOL M! The battle of the beautiful eyes and lashes on the beach. Joolz’ site is Vamos David, any link [fingers crossed], she will post it there.

      • Joolz said

        Well, it doesn’t look like there’s going to be a stream for the battle of the beautiful eyes and lashes. I was hoping that one of the big Argentine blogs might organise one but apparently not. Maybe there’ll be a clip or two of it on YouTube, later…
        But yeah, if a stream does appear I’ll post it, of course.

      • Jenny said

        Thanks Joolz. If I find anything, I too will post here on this thread. I’m sure they’ll have fun. Apparently Ferru landed on Friday.

      • M said

        Thank you both!

      • Joolz said

        No stream. Or at least, I can’t find anything.
        And while David and Ferru are having fun on the beach, I’ve been busy with other things, different versions of the Copa Telmex draw that have appeared and a somewhat uncertain stream situation for the tournament…
        But I’m just glad that David didn’t draw Ferru for his comeback match. He’s in Ferru’s half but who knows if that’s going to matter.

      • Jenny said

        Thanks for checking, Joolz. Nothing on Ferru’s site either. Sometimes the streams for tourneys appear on the day, so we shouldn’t give up hope for next week. Surely there must be one. No, not the best scenario to meet Ferru straight off. Crazy situation for me as I’ll be rooting for both of them, I wish they were on opposite sides.

      • Joolz said

        Well, I think the Copa Telmex was shown on the betting sites last year, so that gives me hope.
        And in order to meet Ferru, David would have to reach semis… A very long way to go.

      • Jenny said

        I just checked the draw following your post, and you’re right, semis it could be. I would have loved to have been on that beach watching the ‘beach boys’ strutting their stuff! Let’s hope it’s a great tourney for our faves.

      • Joolz said

        Yeah, I could do with a bit of sunshine, heat and beach right now… And a bit of David and Ferru. Well, right now I’d be happy enough if David can actually play his comeback match, this time around. I’ve grown so used to him, not being there, not playing… And me, not suffering through one of his matches. It’ll be quite a challenge to report his match(es) now.
        And as long as they don’t play against each other, I’ll be rooting for Ferru. 🙂

      • Jenny said

        You and me both about the weather, Joolz, I’m fed up with feeling cold to the bone. Same here about the root, lol I guess we’re rooting for both before a possible meet in the semis.

      • Joolz said

        There are a couple of photos of David and Ferru from Saturday. One of them (and a link to the rest) can be found in the latest post on my blog. Apparently, the whole thing was more about the two of them, playing with disabled children, with the money that was made going to David’s foundation.

        So tonight’s the big night…

      • Jenny said

        LOL Thanks Joolz, I’ll go look. No pics on Ferru’s site as yet, but worth keeping an eye open there too, serveral of his Argentine fans attended, go via Mi Diario on his site and choose the thread from bottom right flip down menu. I heard it was for charity and I know Ferru works with Downs children.

        When is David playing? I think Tuesday for Ferru. I’ve asked TP for a live chat thread.

      • Jenny said

        Just look at that pair of happy looking lovelies and great players too!!

      • Joolz said

        David’s foundation is for the integration of disabled children. He was able to spend more time on it, during his injury pause.

        His comeback match will take place at 7.30pm local tonight. First match of the night session. I was expecting them to put him in the night session. And it’s good for him but not so good for me… But well, I’ll find a way of watching it. And then be a complete wreck, tomorrow.

      • Sol said

        Thank you for the info Joolz.

        Jenny, Nalby is playing Starace tonight at 11.30 pm my time, which means 10.30 pm your time (right?)
        Ferru is playing tomorrow, don’t know what time yet.

      • Jenny said

        Thank you Joolz and Sol. I’ve made preparations to watch from this end! Vamos David N.

      • Jenny said

        Sol, Joolz, go to Ferru’s site under ‘Materials…’ more pics there!

      • Joolz said

        Thanks for the tip, Jenny. I’ve linked them on VD (with credits, of course).
        Jenny and Sol, you could join us on my blog for discussing the match tonight, if you like.

      • Sol said

        Thanks Joolz, I will join you if I can. Are you planning on discussing the match under your first article about Nalby’s return?

      • Joolz said

        Either in the comments for the post at the top right now or maybe I’ll make an extra one for the match. Depends on how many comments get left until the start of the match. But it’ll be easy to find. So maybe I’ll see you later.

  59. monique said

    Andy Murray has retired from Marseille event.

    • Jenny said

      What’s wrong with him?

      • Jenny said

        According to what I’ve just read, Murray isn’t injured, in which case withdrawal would be justified. He’s chosen not to play DC in March too. it’s his choice of course. Why withdraw from Marselle? He’s played the least amount of tennis over months, along with the two R’s [in their case very understandable] than anybody! You can’t just rely on talent alone to get you through, Andy, you’re not good enough yet, success is also down to hard work on the courts too.

    • M said

      He just withdrew without an injury? o_0

      • monique said

        Francois Caujolie, the tournament director is very unhappy about Murray withdrawal. He said Murray did that to him last year too. He said, he asked me for a wild card to play doubles, asked me for 5 hotel rooms, gave them to him and he does that to me. Murray is going to lose some fans in France. This is a very unhappy director.

      • Sol said

        Monique, he’s not just unhappy, he’s furious:

        He says Murray should be suspended by the ATP.

      • Sol said

        Here’s the article:
        http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article7027363.ece

      • Anonymous said

        Yes, haha, I saw that. he is telling anyone and everyone about Murray. Murray was the big atraction. I think Murray is not over his loss to Fed.

      • Jenny said

        I think you can guess how I felt about the whole affair before this article came out yesterday, Monique. I tried to downplay my own thoughts in previous comments here. There have been similar occasions of his cavalier attitude in the past and why I won’t support him, because for me tennis is also about commitment, effort, going the extra mile, responsibility to tournaments signed on for, and fans who have spent good money, time and travel expecting him to play. I know other players with genuine injuries who have had to present themselves to the tourney doctor if they can’t play or fined if deemed fit to do so. Therefore I totally sympathise and support the French Director, it isn’t on, it reflects badly on us as a sporting nation. A ban is extreme, but a hefty fine would be appropriate imo, he’s also lost a rank position and Rafa’s back to three and correct order restored.

      • Anonymous said

        My post is out the door. Did not happen for a long time now.

      • moniqe said

        Yes, haha, I saw that. He is a scorned director. He is telling anyone and everyone how he is pissed with Murray. I think Murray is not over his loss to Fed.

      • Jenny said

        Here is the latest audio interview with Francois Caujolle, tournament director in Marseille. He does not want Andy suspended, he’s calmed down from a previous report in the Daily Express, and now merely pointing out a player’s responsibility to a tournament, which I think is reasonable under the circumstances.

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8516971.stm

      • M said

        Oh oh.

        Sounds like Andy’s gone a step too far. I don’t remember the last time I’d heard of something like this.

        (And he does *not* want to peeve the French fans. They’re not always nice to Rafa and all he does is win a lot.)

      • Jenny said

        M, I believe Roger cited fatigue when he withdrew from Paris in 2005, he’d been on a tear year. It was the end of the season, [October] most players were knackered or injured and it was also the year when many players withdrew for various reasons. Pioline was furious at the time, and I believe that was the year Berdych won the title.

      • M said

        Jenny, you’re absolutely right (and, as usual, your recall amazes me).

        I think it’s telling that it’s been that long for any of the players since then, y/k?

  60. Jenny said

    Rotterdam final:

    Mikhail Youzhny retired injured in the second set. Leg? Hip? Back?

  61. moniqe said

    This is odd, it says my comment is awaiting moderation.

  62. Jenny said

    Copa Telmex

    David Nalbandian has had to withraw due to a tear, right adductor. So sorry, David we saw it happening after playing such magnificent tennis too.

    • chipnputt said

      Bad news. Any idea how long he’s out?

      • Jenny said

        No idea Chip. Surely we have to be talking weeks. Life for some players just isn’t fair don’t you think?

    • M said

      Oh how horrible. Jenny, no.

      • chipnputt said

        Ya, not fair. Often think the same for Rafa too.

      • Jenny said

        It happenned during his second round match with Dani Gimeno Traver, I saw him wincing on occasion, he called the trainer who strapped his thigh. He insisted he was okay to continue and he went on to win the match. The amazing talent is still there, but his body has let him down again. As you say, M – horrible.

      • Jenny said

        Agreed Chip. Rafa, Tommy Haas, Coria, Kiefer, Mahut.

      • M said

        So that means Argentina goes to DC without David or JMDP. 😦 😦 😦

        “Agreed Chip. Rafa, Tommy Haas, Coria, Kiefer, Mahut.”
        The whole face of tennis would look different without all these injuries.

        *sigh* They’re sure it’s a tear? I keep praying for it to be just a strain, if it has to be there at all.

      • Jenny said

        I think his heart wanted to play DC, all those years of commitment. The decision appears to have been taken out of his hands now. The last thing I wanted was an injury to decide it, but I’m glad he isn’t playing. They do have some strong players, Monaco, Zeballos, Chucho [if fit] Ker for doubs. Calleri has just retired.

        I got the info re David’s actual injury from the ATP site.

      • Jenny said

        It isn’t confirmed he won’t play in DC, but surely not a wise decision to do so. He needs to recover completely.

      • M said

        Zaballos beat Moya yesterday, didn’t he? I hate to see Carlitos lose, but I’m glad Argentina has faith in its depth.

        “He needs to recover completely.”

        IMO, this needs to go up on the wall in every locker room for every tournament the ATP plays, if you know what I mean.

  63. Jenny said

    Dubai:

    Roger Federer has withdrawn – Lung infection.

    • Jenny said

      Michael Llodra has just retired after losing the second set 6-7 to Tsonga, he fought all the way, but he looked exhausted and aching right from the off. No surprise, he played two matches in one day on Sunday and then had to travel to Dubai. IMHO This is a case when a player has to protect themselves from the possibility of real injury, sensible decision, at least he tried, he could have withdrawn from the tourney with every justification.

      • Jenny said

        I’ve just read some nonsense posted on another site, ie Michael Llodra walked off the court and unsportsmanlike behaviour mentioned. UNTRUE, I watched the match. At the end of the second set, Jo Willy went for a toilet break. During this time Michael started to pack his bags, he then spoke to the umpire and walked to the net to await Jo Willy’s return, he then shook Jo-Willy’s hand, the umpire then announced his retirement, that is FACT.

      • Jenny said

        To be absolutely correct, my mistake, Llodra didn’t talk to the umpire while he was packing, he spoke to the tour supervisor, Gerry Armstrong, who was sitting courtside. Unfortunately, it’s incorrect stuff posted elsewhere that gives a player a bad name.

      • M said

        “Unfortunately, it’s incorrect stuff posted elsewhere that gives a player a bad name.”
        Don’t you hate that?

        Do we have any update on how Michael is feeling?

        (He just won in Marseille, and then to try and deal with jetlag and Dubai heat. He has to be exhausted.)

      • Jenny said

        ‘Don’t you hate that?’

        Of course I do. Everyone’s entitled to express their opinion, we all accept that, but to accuse a player of unsportsmanlike behaviour without fact is not on. LOL M, it was a good job I was watching!

        I’m sure it was stiff joints, he was flexing his legs a lot, jet lag and exhaustion, as you say. The British comms said he looked exhausted, they certainly weren’t judging him. The supervisor didn’t look displeased either.

        Apologies for the rant…..

      • M said

        No apologies necessary, Jenny. You’ve seen me get “rantatious” before when our heroes are injured.

        I feel like we’re creeping toward a critical mass where organizers are going to be forced to deal with the impossibilities in the season schedule …

  64. Jenny said

    Acapulco:

    David Nalbandian – leg injury as per Copa Telmex.

  65. Jenny said

    Dubai: Davydenko withdrew mid match against Michael Berrer – unfit to continue.

  66. Jenny said

    From what I’ve read, Tsonga was feeling unwell playing Llodra too and may well have retired, but Michael beat him to it!

    • M said

      Wow. You’d think the fact that so many players are either retiring from or complaining of exhaustion would be telling the organizers *something*.

      • Jenny said

        Wouldn’t you just. It isn’t just the tour but the travelling too, folk tend to forget that, air travel can be very draining. Marseille to Dubai is a long way and in some cases players are expected to compete within 2 days! The boys from Valencia didn’t have so far to travel.

  67. Jenny said

    Juan Carlos Ferrero has withdrawn from Davis Cup [March 5] – knee injury [see Davis Cup thread]

  68. Jenny said

    Indian Wells

    Source ATP: Tommy Haas, right hip surgery last week. I doubt we’ll see Tommy on the courts for some time.

  69. Jenny said

    Indian Wells 2010

    Tipsarevic – retired, reason?
    Davydenko – withdrew, broken wrist, could be out for weeks.

  70. Somebody Else said

    from tennis.com (Ticker – Sunday, March 14, 2010)

    Ivanovic out of Top 50 after early IW loss

    Ana Ivanovic has fallen 6-2, 6-4 to Anastasija Sevastova in her opening match at Indian Wells.

    Ivanovic, who reached the final last year, will fall out of the top 50 on Monday and could face the prospect of having to play qualifying at some events during the claycourt season.

    Ivanovic wept after the loss and said she’s having a tough time understanding the impact of losing her form. “I think it’s the hardest part. I feel good and I feel confident, so I want to hit the ball like I hit before, and then mistake comes,” she said. “You’re like, ‘Oh, shall I really go for that or shall I maybe pull back?'”

    ————————————–

    Too many distractions?

    • Jenny said

      Could well be too many distractions, a player can’t have it all off court and expect to win consistently. Ana has to make choices. I see Vaidisova has retired at 20 and intends to marry Radek.

      • Stella said

        I can’t get my mind around that one

      • Gracie said

        Really, Jenny? She’s retired?! Geez. It’s hard to see the attraction to Stepanek, IMO. It really makes you wonder what kind of terrific personality that guy must have. Or maybe all those funky snake moves he makes when he wins a good point tell us there’s a lot more there than meets the eye. lol.

        As for Ana, I always wondered if she’d just be a flash in the pan. But it’s hard to watch a Grand Slam champion lose her way like that. I think she has to decide if she wants to be a pin up calendar girl or a dedicated athlete. Either way, she’ll make a good living, no doubt.

      • M said

        You know, it’s so strange to me. As much as I love the boys, does it seem to anyone else to always be the ladies that have to make the choices Jenny and Gracie outline?

        I mean, as many fashion covers as Roger has done*, shirtless sports covers Rafa has done*, underwear shoots Fer and Carlos have done*, they don’t seem to have to struggle with these things.

        Yet Masha, and Ana, and Anna Kournikova before either of them …

        I just wonder — what’s different?

        *not that I’m complaining about *any* of these, you all understand. 🙂

  71. Jenny said

    Good point, M. Firstly, I think Ana has lost confidence for whatever reason. She probably needs a sabbatical. IMHO, all the great women players past and present think like men, have an inner steel core, fiercely ambitious, can compartmentalise, and yet still remain feminine at the same time, I’d place Maria in that category, she’s injured.

    Gracie, I’ve heard Radek in a personal interview which was posted here some years ago, and he’s charming.

    • Gracie said

      I guess when you’ve got looks like his, you’ve got to develop some charm. Heh.

      M, I don’t think think women necessarily HAVE to make the choices between these worlds, but I do think some of them get wrapped up in that whirlwind and are, perhaps, too easily distracted. All these fashion shoots take time and energy, which at the moment, Ana might better put to better use working on her game.

      • M said

        Right, Gracie, but that’s exactly what I mean.

        Rafa and Roger have done shoots for Vogue. I’ve been peripherally involved in such things (“Why not those ones?” she wails. “Why not thoooooooooose ones?”) and they do take a lot of time, and a lot of prep.

        And those are just the examples I can think of off the top of my head. I can’t imagine how long Fer’s Calvin Klein shoot took (more’s the pity :-)) but I know how long it takes to get the lighting, and the makeup, and the angles, and you have to have umpteen meetings to talk over the concept …

        And yet, it doesn’t seem to phase these guys (even Rafa’s drama-llama New York Mag shoot) and (some of) the girls just … crumble. (I mean, examples of not crumbling – Venus, Serena, Jelena.)

        IDGI.

  72. M said

    Indian Wells 2010

    Nicolas Almagro, retired v. Andy Murray – ankle

  73. Jenny said

    Miami

    Juan Martin Del Potro – existing wrist injury.
    Nikolay Davydenko – broken wrist
    Gael Monfils – ?
    Csrlos Moya – ?

  74. Jenny said

    Mayer, Koellerer, Becker – retired

  75. Jenny said

    Correction. Becker still in, it was Luby who retired in that match.

  76. M said

    Serena Williams – knee injury. 😦

  77. Jenny said

    MONTE CARLO

    Robin Soderling has withdrawn – knee injury.

  78. Jenny said

    Barcelona

    Source Marca

    Rafa has withdrawn – knee problem
    Nalby has withdrawn – injury?

  79. Delilah said

    At last, Rafa has seen the light. A most sensible decision to skip Barcelona, he really doesn’t need to play that tournament. He’s won MC and had his massive boost of confidence, it’s time no3 to rest up them knees until Rome. After that, skip Madrid, it’s way too risky at this stage imo. By the time we get to the French, he’d be rested and primed enough to go on a rampage, without doubting his knees every two seconds.

    A difficult move for Rafa, but ultimately this a decison that will most likely pay rich dividends for him.

    • Jenny said

      Rafa wouldn’t choose to miss Barcelona, he regards it as his ‘home’ tourney and is important to him, neither would he want to disappoint the Spanish fans or sponsors, or Albert Costa the Director. He’s obviously feeling some discomfort and following medical advice which is of course sensible.

      • Delilah said

        Am I missing something here? I thought Rafa himself has confirmed he’s not ‘injured’, he’s merely taking precautionary measures. Therefore, he’s choosing to skip it.

        All of what you’ve said is just pure sentiment. Rafa cannot afford to be sentimental about his schedule at this juncture in his career.

      • Jenny said

        Initially it was said he was having problems with his knee and why I posted as such. In fact the original statement was from Marcadotcom a Spanish site, so it wasn’t my assumption at all or sentiment. Please see my original post #79. His latest statement is an update.

      • Jenny said

        Here is a translated version from Marca,

        ‘Rafa Nadal will not play Conde Godo, a tournament he has won his last editions and which has on many occasions that feel “at home.” The cause of this waiver are, once again, their knees, they need a break from face-to party does not overload on this stretch of the season, where he faces defending Rafa most titles and points. 500 less to his credit will be deducted when they got in the Catalan capital last year, when he won the final against David Ferrer. Thus, Nadal joins casualties late David Nalbandian and Juan Martin del Potro, both also out through injury.’

        IMHO, from what I read from this, Rafa was feeling something, my question is why would a fit player who was having no problems withdraw from a tourney at the last minute, and choose not to defend his points? It doesn’t make sense. Now Rafa is saying his knee is fine and this is a preventative measure.

  80. Jenny said

    Two mid match retirements from Barca
    Tommy Robredo
    Dolgopolov

    • M said

      I really hope someone important at the ATP is paying attention to these injury drop-out rates.

      • Jenny said

        Tommy doesn’t have to play , but hey, he’s Catalan and this really is his home tourney. It’s a good job all these guys are supporting the smaller tourneys that have been in existence for years.

      • M said

        Absolutely.

        Rafa said in his interview in Marca that the Barcelona tournament wasn’t important just when the first/second/third/fourth-ranked player in the world was there, but that the tournament is important and historic in itself.

        Which I thought was very true (and savvy to remind everyone).

        I hope Tommy is better soon. News reports said it was his lower back, so I’m really hoping it’s not serious.

      • Jenny said

        Lower back? Oh dear. I’m right behind Rafa’s statement. Some even enter the annual historic exos in Spain where no points are on offer and are just as serious in intent. Get well soon Tommy.

  81. Jenny said

    Sergey Stakhovsy – Hamstrings injury. JC through, I couldn’t see a different result unless JC had a bad day on clay.

  82. M said

    ROME MASTERS 1000 2010

    Withdrawals (11) as of April 23:
    Davydenko, Nikolay RUS
    Del Potro, Juan Martin ARG
    Gonzalez, Fernando CHI
    Haas, Tommy USA
    Karlovic, Ivo CRO
    Monfils, Gael FRA
    Nalbandian, David ARG
    Robredo, Tommy ESP
    Roddick, Andy USA
    Simon, Gilles FRA
    Stepanek, Radek CZE

    Alternates (11):
    Chardy, Jeremy FRA
    Gulbis, Ernests LAT
    Seppi, Andreas ITA
    Cuevas, Pablo URU
    Beck, Andreas GER
    Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP
    Zeballos, Horacio ARG
    Berrer, Michael GER
    Mayer, Florian GER
    Fognini, Fabio ITA
    Korolev, Evgeny KAZ

    • Jenny said

      Thanks for the updates, M. Not pleasant reading is it. I’ve just learned about Fena, it’s that wretched knee again. 😦 I’ve posted a message to his site.

      • M said

        Jenny, I couldn’t believe there were so many players out before the tournament even started!
        And I’m *so* distressed about Feña. 😥

      • Jenny said

        I’m worried about Fena and Nalby, this does not bode well for RG. Why has Roddick pulled out, is he injured? I know clay isn’t his best forte, but…..

      • M said

        In an attempt to be politic, A-Rod’s site says ‘personal reasons’.

        I know he was in Hawaii last week with Brooklyn.
        And that he intends to play Madrid.

    • Somebody Else said

      Holy crap!!!!

  83. Jenny said

    It’s been raining in Rome. It was a virtual washout last year. Terrible scheduling for some players due to the inclement weather, like waiting all day in the locker room and then called out late at night and then having to go back in again after a short while. Fena, David, Monaco and Djoko were the real victims of that debacle. Those matches should have been cancelled hours earlier.

    • M said

      I have a friend with tickets; she hasn’t yet mentioned the weather (perhaps because that sounds so disappointing).

      Do you think the organizers have learned from last year and, hopefully, planned a little better?

      • Jenny said

        I know the organisers have no control over the weather, it’s tough, but they do have control over good sense and fairness. It’s not right to expect players to wait around all day and then drag them out in the evening when the weather isn’t settled, they played under lights before the rain came again, like half an hour into play before it was officially cancelled! 😈 Other matches were cancelled and the players went back to their hotel. I’m hoping the players involved had plenty to say about it, I was on the verge of a hard rant to Rome myself 👿

        Fena has said on his site, his withdrawal is due to a knee problem.

      • M said

        Well, as you’ve said to me on other worthy topics – rant away, no?
        😈

      • Jenny said

        LOL M! Would you not agree I have a point? Sometimes things have to be said.

      • M said

        Without question! The last few years it’s been sketchy at the USO, as you know; we waited hours for Rafa and Feña to finish only to have to return an alternate day for the last set, which of course mucked up the rest of the schedule … and who can forget the “semi-final stampede” of 2008?

        No. If concerned fans don’t say anything, nothing changes, because if the players protest, they are dismissed as prima donnas.

        So I say once again, “Rant away.” 😈

      • Jenny said

        It’s par for the course to wait around even possibly a little over times for scheduled matches, but we’re talking many hours, and then having to play on an empty stomach, they can’t even comfort eat or they would have problems! I remember that Fena/Rafa match, Fena wasn’t the same player as he was the previous day.

      • M said

        “Fena wasn’t the same player as he was the previous day.”
        That is … the strangest thing to watch in person, I have to tell you.

      • Jenny said

        I think mercurial might be the best way to describe it!

  84. Jenny said

    We’ve left out James Blake who I understand is also not playing in Rome.

  85. M said

    Kim Clijsters is hurt.

    From the BBC:

    Kim Clijsters is a doubt for next month’s French Open after suffering an injury while playing in the Fed Cup.
    The former world number one hurt her left foot in the tie against Estonia and could be out for up to six weeks, according to Belgian tennis officials.
    The French Open begins at Roland Garros in Paris on 23 May.
    Clijsters’ fitness trainer Sam Verslegers said: “Roland-Garros? Kim might be fit in time but we won’t be taking any risks.”
    He added: “We’ll be working to return a step at a time so right now it’s difficult to put a timeline on when she will return to action.”
    Clijsters injured sesamoid bones in her left big toe in her 6-4 6-2 win over Maret Ani on Saturday.
    The 26-year-old returned to the WTA Tour last August after a two-and-a-half year break from tennis during which she married and started a family.
    Her return reaped immediate rewards as she added a second US Open title to the one she won in 2005.
    Earlier this month she thrashed Venus Williams in the Sony Ericsson Open final in Miami and is currently 11th in the world rankings.

  86. Jenny said

    Ivan Ljubicic retired with a strain. Rest up and take care big guy.

  87. Jenny said

    ESTORIL

    Steve Darcis [Bel] retired – Giraldo through
    Nicolas Lapentti [Equa] – Gimeno-Traver through

  88. Jenny said

    Del Potro has just undergone wrist surgery.

    Source: BBC. Full article on the BBC website.

    “The recuperation time is prolonged but it depends on many factors which today one cannot measure because it’s all very recent,” said Del Potro.

    “I will get through the first days post-operation here and later return home.” [USA]

    Del Potro is now certain to miss the French Open and the rest of his season appears in doubt.”

    • M said

      I put an article from the Guardian in “Wanna Post”, Jenny, and I think I was so distressed I completely forgot to put it up here. 😥

      I’m glad he’s getting the help he feels he needs — he’s at the Mayo Clinic, with the best — but it’s just so distressing.

      • Jenny said

        It is sad in such a young player, I’m very sorry. Unfortunately, he seems to have had problems with his wrist for ages, even when he was playing. Doctors will only resort to surgery if conservative treatment fails, not a good situation for him, the healing process will take time, and that’s before he can start practicing.

  89. Jenny said

    Dominic Anderson said
    May 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm
    Withdrawals from Madrid (Wikipedia) Maybe in the main page have more or will confirm,

    The following notable players withdrew from the event:

    Juan Martín del Potro (right wrist)
    Nikolay Davydenko (broken wrist)
    Fernando González (knee injury)
    Tommy Haas (right hip surgery)
    Gilles Simon (right knee)
    Radek Štěpánek (fatigue)

    Thanks, Dominic.

    • chieko said

      Thank you from me too. Now Jenny san, I understand that a both no.2 and no. 3 have withdrawn from Portugal. Is there anyone left now for Federer san or they should just give him the trophy TP sama style?? 🙄 Geeezzzzzzz!! 😆

      • Jill said

        Absolutely Chieko, if he doesn’t win it now he’ll have so much egg on his face he’ll be able to make an omelette!

      • Jenny said

        Gael Monfils [3] has withdrawn, Cheiko san? I knew Luby [2] had. Massu should be able to give Fed a fight. Roger will no doubt win the trophy, but imo Roger needs to be stretched to know where his game’s at, easy wins won’t do it.

      • chieko said

        Ha Ha Ha Jill san, no kidding!! Yes Jenny san Monfil has pulled out due to stomach upset. Poor guy I understand he just recovered from wrist problem.

        Now I wonder who the lucky loser is in place of Lubicic san. What if it is Gulbis san ?? 😯 But if “stretch” is necessary, then it would be very interesting?? :wicked:

        All these injury and sickness really is concerning?? NO Jenny san. Now I understand why you want this casulty column from our beloved website. 😦

        Jill san, omellete joke!! 😆

        Please enjoy the matches.
        Good night!!

      • Jenny said

        I doubt anyone will be brought in, all too late, Cheiko san. Gulbis should be playing in Madrid.

      • Dominic Anderson said

        Michal Przysiężny from Poland replace Luby as a LL, he lost 6-4, 6-4 to Rui Machado from Portugal, adn David Marrero from Spain replace Monfils, he lost 6-1, 6-2 to Alberto Martin also from spain.

  90. Jenny said

    Thanks, Dominic. I wonder when Luby and Monfils withdrew, presumably after the draw and before the tourney started.

  91. Jenny said

    Courtesy BonnyBee.

    From Belgrade site:

    “Serbian wild card Filip Krajinovic was leading 1-0 in sets (6-4) when top-seeded Novak Djokovic retired due to health problems.

  92. Jenny said

    Juan Carlos Ferrero has withdrawn from Madrid. 😦

  93. Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi said

    Rafa’s hair is disappearing under his skull…either that or he is growing at a faster rate than his hair.

    • Jenny said

      Oh stop!! I know you’re upset Sir V. 😈

      • Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi said

        Andy Murray’s depression, Del Potro’s mental restructuring, Serena Williams’ wild and unpredictable outbursts…got more? No you don’t!!!!!!!!!….and take some more of this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ha ha

      • Jenny said

        😆 I know Sir V, you’re trying to grind me down and infect Casualty Watch 😈

  94. Jenny said

    Retirees in Madrid
    Cuevas
    Andreev
    Montanes injured but didn’t retire

    • Jenny said

      Tomas Berdych
      David Nalbandian
      Have both withdrawn with leg injuries.

      I’m beginning to dislke this thread. 😈

  95. Jenny said

    Andy Roddick withdraws due to illness. LL Oscar Hernandez will play Feli Lopez.

    • Jenny said

      Mayer and Tsonga have retired. Only the fittest are surviving now. I have no idea what their problem was.

      • Sol said

        That’s 3 players who retired and one who withdrew in one day? Unbelievable.

        Jenny, did Fer or Feli withdraw? On livescores, in their doubles match againt Chiudinelli (and his partner), Chiudi is shown as the winner due to w.o. of Fer+Feli.

      • Jenny said

        Sorry, no idea, Sol.

  96. Jenny said

    Withdrawals from Roland Garros

    Del Potro – unless he’s made a miraculous recovery.
    Davydenko
    Simon
    Nalbandian
    Haas – again, as per Delpo.

    No news from Fena’s camp.

    • M said

      I’d been checking VamosDavid. I guess he and his doctor have made the formal decision not to participate.

      Get better soon, Davy and Gilles! Heal well, Polito, we miss you!

      *crosses fingers for Feña*

  97. Jenny said

    Courtesy: Barbara

    Carlos Moya
    Ivo Karlovic

  98. Jenny said

    David Nalbandian will not play at Queens.
    Apparently Juan Monaco considering wrist surgery.
    😦

    • M said

      Oh, Jenny! 😥
      I went to David’s site just before RG, and he said he and his doctor were trying to make sure he was well for the whole of grass season.

      I didn’t even know Pico was having so much trouble.

  99. Dominic Anderson said

    Wimbledon 2010 Withdrawals so far

    Withdrawn ATP players
    Rank——-Player——————Points-Points defending-Points won-New points-Withdrew due to
    8 Juan Martín del Potro-4395———–45————0——–4350—right wrist injury
    22 Fernando González—-1710———–180———–0——–1530—knee injury
    28 Juan Mónaco———-1475———–10————0——–1465—wrist injury
    34 Tommy Haas———–1230———–720———–0——–510—-right hip surgery

    Withdrawn WTA players
    Rank—–Player——–—–Points-Points defending-Points won-New points-Withdrew due to
    5 Elena Dementieva—5570———-900———–0——-4670—–Torn left Calf Muscle

    • Jenny said

      Thanks for the updates, Dominic. I hadn’t realised Pico’s injury was so srrious.

      • Claire said

        Jenny,
        Who’s nickname is “Pico’s”? I get so confused with nicknames you use! Can you give a list of players and nicknames? 🙂

        Thanks Dominic Anderson 🙂

        So sad about DelPotro, I was looking forward to seeing him play this year! Maybe he won’t play at all this year?

        PS Miracles happen Switzerland beats Spain ; Federer beats Nadal???
        What a year it would be for Switzerland! 🙂

      • Jenny said

        Hi Claire, Pico is Juan Monaco from Argentina. If you go into Top Posts at the top of the page, scroll down to nicknames of players – they’re all there!

      • Claire said

        Thanks Jenny 🙂

      • Tweedle-Dum said

        Hey Jenny—

        In some parts of the Spanish speaking countries, Pico is a naughty word.. 😉

      • Jenny said

        LOL I know, but that’s Juan’s official nick!

  100. Jenny said

    WIMBLEDON WITHDRAWALS due to injury.
    Ivo Karlovic
    Radek Stepanek

  101. Jenny said

    More bad news: 😦 David Nalbandian has pulled out of the Boodles exo challenge and will NOT play at Wimbledon. He will now concentrate on getting fully fit for Davis Cup.

  102. Jenny said

    Ernests Gulbis has withdrawn from Wimby.

    • Gracie said

      Ah, so the curse continues. Yet another guy who’s recently beaten Federer, follows up by being hit with injury. It’s starting to become eerie. Beware Soderling and Berdych!

  103. Jenny said

    Davis Cup Quarters:
    J-W Tsonga
    Richard Gasquet

  104. Bettyjane said

    Berdych is out of Davis Cup quarterfinal against Chile because of an abdominal muscle injury. He’s taking a three week rest. (N.Y. Times)

    Stepanak was also ruled out of the match due to the left knee injury

    • Jenny said

      Oh dear, not looking good for the Czech Rep. Even without Fena, Chile have to be the favourites now.

      • M said

        Jenny – you just answered a question I hoped I remembered differently than things actually are, I think.
        (*little sigh*)

        So Feña is definitely out of all competition including Davis Cup, until Toronto …?

      • Jenny said

        I’m afraid so, M. Fena’s had a tough time and has been forced to take medical advice. I know he can be inconsistent, either awful or brilliant, but I just knew something was wrong with him physically, a gut feeling if you will, long before this latest bout of tendinitis hit the news.

  105. Jenny said

    Just heard David Ferrer has had to withdraw from Hamburg because of injury. 😦 I don’t know what the problem is. That was a good chance of another title, he was the second seed.

    • M said

      Nooooo! 😦

      Jenny, I’m speculating, but do you think he’s still having trouble with that blister? It feels like they just finished that tournament, after all.

      • Jenny said

        Just learned it’s his shoulder, M. He can’t possibly compete if there’s a problem in that area. I honestly didn’t think it was the blister unless it had become infected, it did look sore at the time, but not inflamed. Makes you wonder if he was feeling twinges in his last match, he didn’t call the trainer if he was feeling something, but shoulder probs will affect serve too.

      • M said

        Makes you wonder if he was feeling twinges in his last match, he didn’t call the trainer if he was feeling something, but shoulder probs will affect serve too.

        ——————————————-

        Absolutely. And feeling twinges at the time, but not the full impact of the injury till later, I think, occurs far more frequently than we hear about — especially if he was practicing at all between tournaments.
        *sigh*
        😦

      • Jenny said

        Agreed, I do think this happens far more frequently than we hear about. David would never retire or withdraw from a tourney unless he was having real physical problems and couldn’t compete competitively and neither should any of them risk serious injury and be sidelined for weeks on end.

  106. Jenny said

    Garcia-Lopez [ankle] and Monfils have also withdrawn. David has been replaced by Marc Gicquel.

    • M said

      You know, this is why I *really support* the players on the Council when they talk about something needing to be done with that calendar. It’s so not just the top five – or ten – that are affected by it.

      • Jenny said

        The problem is, the lower ranked players feel the need to keep up, maintain their points and improve their rankings or get back to where they were, possibly in the top ten like David was. These guys don’t have the luxury of a safety cushion. Even with a cushion, rank points can disappear so quickly too. Look at how many points Rafa lost last year and Roger this year. Delpo and Gonzo have dropped ranking because they haven’t been able to play and Nalby’s outside the top 100!

      • M said

        I wish I had something more profound to add than just “Exactly.”

        You said it all though.

  107. Jenny said

    David Ferrer has been given the medical [shoulder injury] all clear to play in Toronto 🙂 He will also play his annual beach tennis exo in Luanco on 2nd August.

    • M said

      \o/ \o/ \o/

      That’s a great relief. Shoulder weirdness is nothing to play with; I was hoping it would heal quickly.
      Looking forward to Ferru doing brilliantly in hardcourt season!

      • Jenny said

        Blisters are one thing, but shoulder, knee, wrist, hip injuries are always a worry in a tennis player. They must heed the warning signs, get treatment/rest to prevent a serious issue developing in the future.

  108. Jenny said

    Los Angeles:

    Novak Djokovic has withdrawn due to personal reasons.
    Radek Stepanek has withdrawn due to a knee injury.
    Andy Murray has been given a wildcard and will be the top seed.

  109. Jenny said

    Legg Mason retirements
    Gulbis
    Hewitt
    Gasquet

  110. Jenny said

    Toronto:

    Withdrawals/Retirements
    Andy Roddick – sick
    Fernando Gonzalez – injury

    Janko Tipsarevic – Rolled ankle on court during the match.

  111. M said

    “Fernando Gonzalez – injury”

    Nooooo!

    😥

    Jenny, do you know if it’s the tendinitis?

    • Jenny said

      It’s very strange, M – the Sky comms announced it during the Davids match saying it was the ‘same’ calf injury. Your guess is as good as mine! Whatever has he done to himself.

      • Jenny said

        Update: According to Fena’s site, it is inflammation of a calf muscle. Poor man, if it’s not one thing, it’s another.:-(

      • M said

        *sigh* Man, oh man.

        I know he’s one of the more senior men on the tour, so I guess we should expect more, and more frequent, injuries in addition to slower healing times.

        And in a way, I guess it makes sense, as much as these things can make sense, like David’s hamstring trouble after the hip. When you’re tending to a joint, the muscles around it are vulnerable, it’s easy to favor — and then overuse — the muscles on the other side …

        But it’s so hard.

        😦

      • Jenny said

        Sadly, it does make sense and very upsetting for fans too.

  112. Jenny said

    Cincinnati:
    Isner retired – Ankle injury
    Istomin retired – Ankle injury
    Kohlschreiber – shoulder injury
    Y Lu – retired – ?

  113. Jenny said

    US Open:
    Withdrawals
    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
    Tommy Haas

    • Jenny said

      Juan Martin Del Potro, unfortunately the loss of 2,000 points = currently 3,170 = 1,170.
      David Nalbandian #37 1,145

      • M said

        Jenny, this is just a point count for the Argentines, yes?
        You weren’t posting this to say David was out as well …?
        *worries*

      • Jenny said

        Sorry, M. Just a point count and comparison.

      • M said

        Phew. Thank you so much. 🙂
        There have been so many surprises so far this season, and a significant number of them sufficiently unpleasant, it spooked me a little.

        (I have to figure out what to do to stay calmer … 😛 )

  114. Jenny said

    US OPEN
    #27 Fernando Gonzalez, retired with the wretched knee.

  115. Jenny said

    Victoria Azarenka collapsed on the court, heat? Had to be wheeled off in a chair looking very unwell 😦

  116. Jenny said

    Source: Gonzaleztenis

    “Hi friends

    And woke up ! ! Everything went fine, thank God !

    At 6 am I was nervous and to Dr. Kelly reassured me before entering the operation. He was accompanied by Dr. Alejandro Orizola , the physiotherapist Sergio Valdivia … and my girlfriend .

    I still can not get up, but the effect of anesthesia happened and I do not feel any pain in the hip .

    I appreciate the concern of all people and in the end everything went well”

    Well done, Fena. 🙂 Just recover well and do as you’re told!

    • M said

      Yaaaaaaayyy!!!!!
      \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/

      *breathes huge sigh of relief*

      I figured he would be nervous, even though the HSS surgeons and physicians are the best of the best.

      Daniela must be there so the rest of us can’t sneak in, lol. 😛

      Rest and get well soon, Feña!!

  117. Jenny said

    China:
    Golubev retired
    #7 Youzhny beaten

    Japan:
    Nishikori, Llodra #8, Tsonga #3 beaten

  118. Jenny said

    Here we go again 😦

    Source: ATP site

    “Former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero will miss the remainder of the 2010 season after undergoing surgery on his left knee and right wrist Tuesday in Barcelona.

    Ferrero’s personal physician, Xavier Muñoz, told Marca that the 30-year-old Spaniard would begin rehabilitation as soon as possible but estimated that he would need around two months to return to playing condition – causing him to miss the Valencia Open 500, an ATP World Tour tournament of which he is part owner”

    Recover quickly and completely, Juan Carlos.

    • M said

      Knee *and* wrist? Oh, noooo!

      😥

    • Jenny said

      I was thinking about Juan Carlos this morning and wondering where he was. I knew he had knee problems earlier, didn’t know about his wrist. This is all becoming depressing.

      • M said

        Well, you know, Jenny … they play *so* hard. I mean, just from Sergeant’s quiz question alone we know Juanquí has won over 400 matches … so just think of how that speaks to how many he’s played.

        I try to think positively because so many of the football (American) and basketball athletes here go through so many surgeries in the course of the career, and so many seem to do okay afterward …
        (I hope that doesn’t mean I’m just becoming de-sensitized to it. I don’t think so.
        I certainly hope not, anyway.)

        Well, we know he will receive the best care, Jenny — and I’m sure he knows we root for him to recover ASAP. And we know our top boys will do their best to get back to us as fast as possible.
        Please try, if you can, not to be *too* depressed …

      • Jenny said

        they play *so* hard. I mean, just from Sergeant’s quiz question alone we know Juanquí has won over 400 matches … so just think of how that speaks to how many he’s played.
        ———————–

        Absolutely! I always feel a little sad and nostalgic when I see these great players in the autumn of their career having to endure surgery and for many it’s an unfortunate end to a successful career. Their mind, desire and talent is still there, it’s their bodies that let them down. Eg, Guga, Coria, Haas, Kiefer, Moya. As you know Juanqui lost a lot of time and tournaments with that debilitating adult chicken pox virus which really dragged him down, he looked positively frail when he reappeared after. I guess he’ll still be overseeing proceedings with David in Valencia, but I bet he’d rather be playing.

      • M said

        “I bet he’d rather be playing”

        No doubt.
        I’m hoping the reception I’m sure he’ll receive when they announce him at the tournament will spur him to a quick recovery.

  119. Bettyjane said

    I was sorry to discover Youhzny had to pull out of the Kremlin Cup this week with a viral infection. With Davedenko getting knocked out early that’s a huge double whammy.

    • Jenny said

      Thnx Bettyjane, I’m sorry too, I’ve always liked Misha and his tennis, he’s a fine player, Roger had many practice sessions with him. Kolya sadly not back in form.

  120. Jenny said

    Source: Gonzaleztenis 14.10.10

    “I am currently using crutches, getting plenty of exercise with great patience. Not as terrible as I thought … they felt that setting the hip, knee, would benefit [and does not require surgery]. “

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