The Infected Lungs Newsreel.
More on this mysterious illness Fed’s fallen victim to. As we know, Roger has been advised not to play for at least a fortnight, but the actual recovery time could take up to 6 weeks. Here’s a round up of media quotes overnight on Fed’s condition.
“There are no guarantees that I will play at Indian Wells — this could be a maximum of six weeks, but if it’s treated properly everything should be fine and I should be back fairly quickly.”
Explaining how he had come down with the infection he added: “Ever since I came back from Australia I’ve been practising really hard but Tuesday was the last time I could practise.
“On Wednesday I couldn’t get up anymore — and the next day I just wasn’t in shape at all.
“I survived all the travelling from Australia to Dubai and into the practise routine again — but as you’ve heard now I can’t play.
“It’s a lung infection — it’s the first time I’ve had it — breathing is difficult — I’m very tired and slow.”
Aww, *sadface* to you too Roger!
Roger ranges from sounding rather serious to optimistic.
‘I’m hoping to be back for Indian Wells. But of course there are no promises. This is something that with proper treatment will be finished,’ said Federer, whose 2008 season was compromised by a case of glandular fever.
‘I’ve been taking it easy, relaxing as much as possible. My breathing is a bit difficult and everything feels a bit slow. I can’t take any chances until I’m fit again. It could be better, it could be worse.’
The somewhat good news amidst the bad.
Federer is due for further medical tests in several week to ascertain his condition. The Swiss said that the illness is much more straightforward than his glandular fever incident.
‘I want to get back in shape and get back on court again. Once I’m back I’ll be OK again.’
A BBC clip of Roger taking some questions from the media regarding the illness. (clickey)
And here’s a clip of Toothface, trying to look sympathetic. (Clickey)
Some thoughts to clear your mind (or you know… add to the whirlpool of confusion)
- “Lung infection” is a broad and scary term, because … because … umm lungs are like a vital organ or something. It could be something as common as bronchitis, but given that Roger’s doctors told him to rest for a minimum of 2 weeks and maximum of 6, my non-medical judgement says it’s something more nasty.
- Come to think of it, are we really surprised? Within a month, the Fed went from Australia (boiling) to Switzerland (freezing) and then from Switzerland to Ethiopia (dusty, surrounded by children and goats) and then back to Dubai. That’s a lot of flying across many continents on commercial air.
- I hope the twins aren’t with him.
- Second thoughts, he obviously can’t be that infectious if he’s well enough to go to the Dubai players’ party (clickey).
- On a more serious note, we saw the effects of mono on Fed’s movement in 2008. It’s a shame really, that he should get a lung infection now that his movement seems the best it’s been since 2007. Even if Roger recovers in 2 weeks, I wonder how long it’ll take for him to get his movement (and hence the rest of his game) in order.
- That aside, just be thankful that this lung infection came now, in a relatively non-consequential part of the season instead of hitting us with the double-whammy of Roland Garros/Wimbledon.
- If he doesn’t make it to Indian Wells, I hope he plays Miami and then takes a wild card to Monte Carlo for the extra match play and points.
- I’m supposed to sound sombre, but CHECK OUT HIS CUTE-ASS SCHOOLBOY HAIRCUT.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to fetch Federbear out of his cupboard and tuck him in bed with a hot chocolate.