Petra Kvitova Undergoes 3-Hour, 45-Minute Surgery To Repair Left Hand, Will Be Out Indefinitely

by Staff | December 20th, 2016, 4:50 pm

Injured trying to defend herself from a random burglar this morning, Petra Kvitova underwent nearly four hours of surgery to repair her left playing hand which was several damaged during the break-in.

In a statement from her camp, the surgery is said to have gone well however the 2-time Wimbledon champion will miss at least three months of play, likely a lot longer.

“Petra has undergone surgery for three hours and 45 minutes,” the statement said. “Considering the extent of the damage, the surgery went very well. Doctors repaired damage to tendons in all five digits of the left hand as well as two nerves. Petra will wear a cast on her hand for 6-8 weeks and will be unable to bear weight for three months. We hope to have more information tomorrow.”

The 26-year-old Kvitova finished 2016 ranked No. 11. She had just led the Czech Republic to the Fed Cup title last month and was recovering from a stress fracture in her foot when the incident took place in her flat in Prostejov, Czech Republic.

The perpetrator remains at large.

One of the moe likable players on the WTA, her colleagues showered her with support and good wishes.

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14 Comments for Petra Kvitova Undergoes 3-Hour, 45-Minute Surgery To Repair Left Hand, Will Be Out Indefinitely

Dennis Says:

I find it bizarre that the media is reporting that the perpetrator is still at large (and presumably his identity unknown), yet earlier it was also reported that this was a random intruder and that he hadn’t set out specifically to target Kvitova and didn’t know it was her apartment he was entering. How can they know that it was random and that Kvitova wasn’t specifically targeted until he is caught, and his identity and motives revealed?

AndyMira Says:

My greatest wish is for Petra to recover quickly and will be back on court as soon as possible for she is one of the most talented,nicest,kindest sweetest WTA tennis player i’ve ever seen..I’m going to miss her action.

lakie Says:

I am really shocked. I hope Petra recovers. I was reading about this. The previous two elite stars attacked, namely Monica Seles and Anna Chakvetadze, never recovered from the mental trauma. So I am worried for Petra.
Why was she staying in a place with lax security. How could a supposed utility guy enter the building without any security verification. The most important thing any woman staying alone must do is to verify the security arrangements. Strange that Petra did not employ private security either.

jaime Says:

when these things happen, they mark a turning point. I hope this is an inspiration to give herself perspective and become even greater, not a fork in the road keeping her from realizing her enormous potential.

Margot Says:

Ligament and tendon injuries apparently. Really awful. She’s been so unlucky with injuries/ill health this year too.
Bah 2016 :(

Giles Says:

This is so sad. Wishing her a smooth and fast recovery.

jalep Says:

lakie, I have the same questions about her apartment in the Czech city – her home town? Also have no idea about the city and how safe it is but I did see a photo in a Czech news link (posted it here or on Tenngrand) and thought about her living in the top floor,(have no idea where in the building she lives, actually). There’s just a lot of unanswered questions, anyway…

And then there’s the other issue about PTSD after such an experience.

All the best, Petra!

jalep Says:

In this link there’s three pictures of the apartment building:

My browser google translate is miserable but I post it for the pictures.

Kimmi Says:

Too sad. Get well soon Petra. One of my favorite players, always enjoying watching her.

Margot Says:
Apologies, nowhere else to put this. Looks as if JMDP will miss AO. I know he broke his finger at the DC but still, I think he needs a fitness coach.

jalep Says:

Apparently Petra was supposed to be at a charity with Lucie Safarova that morning but didn’t show up. Hopefully Lucie has gotten to see her DC mate, Petra by now.

“Fearful … For me it was extremely shocking news. I do not know what to say. It was bad enough what happened the day before in Berlin. It’s terrible that something like this happening. Becoming But can anyone of us. I’ll try to call Peter or visit her, if possible. Holding her fingers crossed, “said Safarova.

I love following Safarova, Strycova, Pliskova — but of all the Czech WTA players – Petra is my favorite. Hope she can come back.

jalep Says:


I can see Delpo flopping around playing video games and watching TV; eating chips, pizza, cookies and cream — enjoying himself after having left it all on court at the dang Davis Cup final. It’s a smart move for him to skip AO – if he’s let it slip. Sad he won’t be in the competition there. Strange to me that he says he’s not good on clay — perhaps without his old backhand, it’s true but I thought he was pretty good on clay at one time.

Margot Says:

Then Jalep, I shall call him JMDePorky.

jalep Says:

I meant Fed Cup mate not DC…above talking about Petra and Lucie.

guess I already had Davis Cup and fat delporko on my mind, Margot…

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