Category: Wimbledon

Wimbledon Takes Its Toll on Djokovic’s Hand

12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic was playing an already handicapped hand in a quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych when a trailing injury in his elbow finally gave way. As a result, he will be ending his participation in the 2017 season in order to recover. So he will not be expected to show at the upcoming US Open and ATP World Tour finals either.
Djokovic revealed that the injury to his elbow had been steadily ailing him for over a year and a half until it finally gave way under the stresses of the Wimbledon tournament. It will be the end of the continuous run of 51 Grand Slam appearances by Djokovic.
It will take a reported 5 or so months before we can expect to see Djokovic playing tennis again. Meanwhile he and wife, Jelena are also preparing to welcome their second child. “These are things that fill me with greatest happiness and delight,” Djokovic said, “I’m confident I will be ready for start of the new season.”
Djokovic has confirmed that Andre Agassi will remain his coach when he makes a comeback and thereafter. The two first started working together in preparation for the French Open last May.
Speaking of Andre, Djokovic said, “He supports my decision to take a break, and remains my head coach. He is going to help me get back into shape and bounce back strong after the recovery period.”
The long break Djokovic will be taking from the professional arena is likely to cause great speculation and anticipation about his return.

Mattek-Sands Screams in Agony During Wimbledon 2017

World 103 Bethanie Mattek-Sands was badly involved in one of the most horrific scenes in professional Tennis. It happened during a match in the second round against Sorana Cirstea. Mattek-Sands suffered an extremely nasty fall and it was not a pretty sight for all who were watching.
The injury was to her right knee and considered a freak consequence of the fall. However, as the match had just gone into the third set, the 32-year-old American fell to the ground in while holding onto her leg in a state of perpetual agony. The screams pain shot through everyone in the vicinity.
Cirstea was quick to respond, racing over the net to aid her stricken opponent. Mattek-Sands was reportedly screaming “F**k, help me, help me” which was enough to give most people an indication of what she was going through.
Looking back at the incident, Cirstea said: “I think the kneecap, it was out. I’m not a doctor, I’m not a specialist. I’ve never seen anything like this, but it wasn’t in a normal position.”
Medics quickly arrived on the scene and spent some 25 minutes treating Mattek-Sands who was squirming on the ground. Her husband, Justin and Doubles partner Lucie Safarova were also present.
In a statement to the press regarding the incident, the All-England club said “The first response to Court 17 was within 1 minute, by a qualified ambulance technician. The player was kept on the court while pain relief was given. The player was then transferred directly to an ambulance and taken under emergency conditions to a hospital.”
Mattek-Sands will have to go through more scans and treatment for her knee to recover.