This is not in the schedule. (by PJ)
Dear Tennis Gods,
Last I checked, we’re SEVEN FRIGGIN days into 2012 so WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING!?!??!
Well, well, well. What an absolutely craptastic start to 2012. A week in and the tour is already littered with injuries and retirements. Among them, the big names and the big people.
Maria Sharapova was the first big-name casualty. She withdrew from Brisbane International before it even began, due to an ankle injury. Hobart International held a wildcard spot open for her, but ultimately, Shrieky decided she wasn’t fit enough to play.
Then Serena Williams busted her ankle trying to retrieve a ball. While her mother laughed and thought it was funny that Rere was being…well, Rere (dramatic to the T as usual), the real story wasn’t quite so hilarious. Hobbling to win the match, Serena then withdrew from the tournament from the doctor’s advice. Apparently the advice also include singing lots of karaoke and winning from within…
Then the curse fell to Kim Clijsters. Mid-way through her semi-final with Daniela Hantuchova, she sustained a left hip injury that rendered her almost immobile with pain, and thus retired from the match. Here’s what the lady had to say:
Poor Kim. She looked and sounded quite upset and I hope this hip thing isn’t anything too serious.
And…the shocker. ROGER FEDERER. ROGER FEDERER WITHDREW FROM DOHA.
After the initial period of freaking the fuck out and crying and flailing like the retarded fangirl I am – I calmed down (err in the sense that I wasn’t about to throw myself off my balcony anymore) and to be honest, I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I’m glad that he’s smart enough to pull out and not risk himself with Australian Open approaching.
On the other hand…I worry that his withdrawal means the back muscle thing is probably quite bad. Very bad. Because we all know how the Old Man is. He has never retired in 996 matches. This withdrawal only means the second time in his entire professional career of 13 years that he has failed to complete a tournament.
I’m hoping that I’m overreacting (as PJ very often does) and all of this is just AO precaution.
But here’s a testament to what a man Roger Federer is. He took to the court after his press conference to explain and apologised to fans, and hung around to chat and sign autographs after that.
Say what you want about him, but he’s a true ambassador to the sport that he so passionately loves.
(Also, smart of him to keep his right side visible to the camera so The Zit is very conveniently hidden HAHHAHAHA)
Other retirements/withdrawals so far includes: Tommy Haas (WHYYYYY), Florian Mayer, Juan Monaco, Tommy Robredo, Somdev Devvarman, Fernando Gonzalez, James Blake, Sabine Lisicki, Polana Hercog, Akgul Amanmuradova and Xeniya Pervak.
Not to mention, of course, Bobby Sod Soderling, who is still undergoing recovery for mono (COME BACK SOON, SODDY…I will miss perving at the shirtless you at AO), and Marin Cilic, whose withdrawal from AO has been confirmed this morning.
I don’t really want to say anything on the whole “length of season and tour” debate…mainly it’s been done to death. In my personal opinion, there’s nothing terribly wrong with the tour. Granted it could be better but nothing can be perfect. Players have the choice to choose their tournaments after all. It’s all about smart scheduling. And sad to say, injuries are a part of a professional athlete’s life. There’s no escaping it if your job is pushing yourself physically – that applies to all sports.
Good karma vibes to all those recuperating. May you all be fit and healthy to tackle to first Grand Slam of the year.
Especially to you, Roger Federer.