The top players just can’t seem to get healthy these days and there just seems to be no end in sight to the rash of injuries this year. Juan Martin Del Potro, who’s been battling a wrist injury all year and Robin Soderling (knee) have both withdrawn from next week’s Monte Carlo Tennis Masters.
“I’ve had some problems with my knee since the Miami tournament,” Soderling wrote on his website. “The pain has just escalated the more tennis I’ve played. My doctor has now examined my knee, and I’ve made a decision of not playing next week’s tournament in Monte Carlo.
“This is very sad since Monte Carlo is my ‘home tournament’ and one of my favorite tournaments of the year. But now awaits one week of rest and rehabilitation, and I will hopefully be back to compete in the Barcelona tournament that starts the 19th of April.”
If Soderling does return in Barcelona, he won’t be joined by US Open champion Del Potro who has also withdrawn from the event in Spain.
Nikolay Davydenko is also out with a wrist injury and Rafael Nadal is still dealing with wisdom teeth and his problematic knees. Nadal is expected to arrive in Monte Carlo tomorrow.
The men aren’t the only ones injured. Serena Williams (knee), Dinara Safina (back) and Maria Sharapova have also been ailing.
Sharapova has just withdrawn from Charleston next week because of that right elbow.
“I was looking forward to coming back to Charleston this year, as I always enjoy playing in front of the energetic fans and strolling around the town,” said Sharapova. “Unfortunately my elbow injury is not completely healed so I won’t be able to compete in this year’s Family Circle Cup. I look forward to returning next year and seeing all my fans in South Carolina.”
It’s disturbing to see that only a quarter into the 2010 tennis schedule we have so many top players injured.
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