Let alone those who apparently have no knowledge whatsoever about the disease.
For the upteenth time - the degree to which an individual gets affected by the virus varies enormously. Tons of folks who get infected don't even notice it, plenty of others - the unlucky ones - get floored for months or even longer.
And even in mild cases it will obviously have an effect on a professional sportsman's training schedule. It obviously affected Federer's training, and it might well be that Roddick's mediocre results of the past couple of months have had something to do with his 'lighter' case of mono as well.
Ancic' case was of course a really terrible one, eventually leading up to the end of his professional career as a tennis player. I can only keep my fingers crossed for Robin that it won't end up the same for him, but the longer he needs to recover, the worse his outlooks become... get well soon, Robin!
It is beyond ridiculous reading some posts here, specially those Nadaltards accusing another player of "injuritis".
Federer had splenomegaly- to a point his doctors actually advised him against playing, since he could had suffered a spleen rupture. And anyone who has a spleen laceration/ rupture can die of hypovolemic shock (bleeding out to death) if left untreated (either medically or surgically).
Most of the "it was only a flu" type of mononucleosis are not even diagnosed. The person has flu-like symptoms and it goes away without treatment. People usually get diagnosed with mononucleosis when the clinical presentation is a bit more extreme than the usual flu: when symptoms last longer, the patient has abnormalities in his/her blood count/ and so on.
You see with Soderling (and probably Roddick): he is suffering from those lingering nasty effects of mononucleosis. On a regular person that doesn't exert himself/herself as a profession it is bad. For a guy that works through putting his body to extreme conditions is even worse.
At first when I read that Fed had mono I thought "no big deal, they probably discovered it because he is an "important" patient and went out checking for every single lab tast available". When, afterwards, I read about his spleen enlargement and his doctors advising him about the danger of him keep on playing I thought "ouch, it was more serious than I previously thought".
Any doubt that Roger's immune system took a beating that year can be put asside by that skin infection he had on his face. How many times did you see Federer, after his teen years, with a skin infection like that (see pics of him from Estoril to Wimbledon)?!
To the retards everywhere: the same virus associated with mononucleosis is linked to lymphomas and leukemias. Most people are lucky to have a mild case of flu-like symptoms, but this virus is nasty.