Robin Soderling Announces He Will Miss Australian Open
by Staff | December 8th, 2011, 5:12 pm

Robin Soderling announced today that he will not be able to play the Australian Open next month.

“I am very sorry for being away for so long and for not giving many updates but my recovery has been longer than expected,” Soderling posted via twitter. “I am feeling better with each day but it will still take some time before I can start practicing in full speed. My goal is to start with practice in January and I hope for tournament comeback in February but at this stage it is hard to know when and where. I hope my body will allow me to do that. I will try to give you more updates. I love reading your messages and appreciate your support and encouragement very much.”

The 27-year-old Soderling hasn’t played because of mono since winning the Bastad title in early July.

Despite missing half the season the Swede still finished No. 13 in the final ATP Rankings.

Soderling is the first player in the Top 20 to withdraw from the first Grand Slam of the 2012 tennis season.

After winning just two matches in his career there, Soderling enjoyed his best Australian Open last year reaching the fourth round where he lost to Alexandr Dolgopolov in five sets.

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11 Comments for Robin Soderling Announces He Will Miss Australian Open

Kimmi Says:

oh, poor him! get well soon soda pop. he has played very well in the last three years, hope this does not take away his momentum.

skeezerweezer Says:

“The 27-year-old Soderling hasn’t played because of mono since winning the Bastad title in early July.”

Can the Fed haters five Fed a break now with the Mono excuse thing? It was and is a serious condition that can especially afflict athletes. Get well Sod….

dari Says:

Wow, this is taking a long time for him to get well :/

Wish robin all the best and that when he comes back he comes back strong!

steve-o Says:

Best wishes to Soderling, hope he has a swift recovery.

madmax Says:

Sorry to hear this news. Love watching Soderling play. Roddick suffered with it for months, Fed, Cilic were really bad with it and Ancic retired from it as was never the same player again.

Horrible. What is the best medicine for this type of infection?

jane Says:

Sad for Soda – we all hope he is well soon. Bad timing too as he was really playing his best the last two years or so.

carlo Says:

Come back strong Robin! You are missed.

Dory Says:

That’s too bad. Hope he comes back ASAP to give the big boys a run for their money, every once in a while.

Michael Says:

Mono is having a devastating effect on Soderling who is finding it tough to compete and resume the sport. I wish him a very speedy recovery and let us hope that he attains the standards he has set for himself when he resumes from a long break.

alison hodge Says:

i will be the 1st to admit robin was never one of my favourites,but i do think hes a great player who never quite lived up to his potential,2 grand slam finals but he didnt build on that great form,also unlike jmdp who at least is still young and has time on his side,robin is a good few years older,tennis moves on so quickly and the problem he will have is if he returns early spring summer time he will be rusty having been out for so long,maybe he will be a late bloomer though we will see,i wish robin all the best for a speedy recovery.

Cymru08 Says:

Gosh, I really feel for the guy. Speedy recovery, Robin.

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