Actually, Tursunov just turned 22 a few months ago (December) so he is still young. But I agree that this reinjury to his back is very troubling. When I met him the first time a few years ago he told me the whole story about how he lost over a year of development when he was 19/20 yrs. old trying to play through what was eventually discovered to be 2 fractured vertabrae in his back. The funny thing is if you look at him in person he looks like one of the fittest guys on the the tour (which he is)...but the back is a funny thing.
Does anyone know how protected rankings work? Since he hasn't played in 5+ months, can he come back for a certain # of tournaments using is old ranking or is he forced to lose points due to inactivity and start over at the Challenger/Futures level?
He is one of my favorites on the tour ever since he plopped himself down next to me in the stands at a tournament (as he waited for his doubles match) and talked with me for 45 minutes. He seemed like a great guy...is tremendously talented..I'm rooting for his healthy return and hopefully a top 20 ranking in the not too distant future.
Originally Posted by Tennis724
I wish he was coming back
. He was able to hold on to that #80 ranking even though he's been out since the last Slam. But points started coming off in January and now he's back outside the top 100. For all the talent he has, he may be one whose body just won't let it happen. He's only 23 so I could be wrong but he's already had months taken away from his career.