Originally Posted by star
What exactly is the rib injury and how did it occur?
The original injury occured when David was serving in the 3rd set of his match against Guga at Roland Garros. It was a torn intercostal muscle (in the rib area), and he was in such agony he could hardly move in the next few days, including the semi-final against Gaudio (remember the 0-6 set?). Originally he was told there was no way he would be fit for Wimbledon, but he wanted to play so much he decided to come over to England to the exhibition and just try a few practice games on grass to see how the muscle would feel. Unfortunately it was still painful, and by trying to serve slightly differently to rest the original injury, he has now damaged a stomach muscle as well - this is an old injury that kept him out for a month last year so obviously he has a weakness in that area. Hope that helps.