But I really don't know if Robin can be considered as equivalent to "injured" player or not.
By the way, he had not received a penalty for the Rotterdam , so ..... probably he can.
these ATP rules are so confusing
Seems ATP actually has 3 years to activate the protection and not 2 like it seemed to be for WTA. But what a nightmare if it takes that long. Maybe Robin has figured that he really wants to be 100% for that reason too, because once he does his first tournament the time starts ticking. Also it seems like WCs dont count as a protection entry so he can use WCs too and make the protection last even longer (if needed)
Joachim Johansson rushed with his comeback and paid for it as he got re-injured and got all kinds of problems and eventually ran out of all protection.
Soderling seems to be learning from Ancic and maybe Johansson by really taking his time and be patient despite the snail-speed recovery. He's not rushing for some appearance fee or gambling to save his ranking. This means he probably will have a looooong time of WCs and protections when he gets back so he doesn't have to feel any pressure at all like some players do after injury.
He's only 27 after all and if he can comeback sometime in the coming 12 months it's no total panic. But the sooner the better
Btw big thumbs up to all the people dropping by and giving support. Seems Soderling is pretty missed on the tour after all