Assorted stories around on the slowness of the recovery, from Leo Schlink, News Corp:
A SLOWER than expected recovery form surgery has thrown Thanasi Kokkinakis’ plans into disarray and scuttled the young star’s Olympic aspirations.
The South Australian teenager’s right shoulder was operated on in late December and he hoped to have resumed by now.
But he is yet to build full strength in the arm after surgeons shaved the end of his collarbone to free up the bursa.
“It’s slowly getting better,” Kokkinakis, one of the most exciting talents in world tennis, said.
“I haven’t started serving yet, I’m hitting the forehand at probably 50 per cent and the backhand at 90 per cent.
“Obviously I don’t want to try to come back and play a tournament before I’m ready.
“The claycourt season is probably my favourite time of the year and I really want to play the French Open (June ), but if I don’t, so be it.
“I can play it for the next 10 years, hopefully.
“The most disappointing thing is that I’ll miss the chance to have a crack at the Olympics. I was really looking forward to that...”
...His main priority is to regain fitness and form.
“It’s going all right, it’s been 12 weeks now since I had the surgery,” he said.
“There’s a few things going on in the shoulder, but it’s getting better.
“There’s a bit of post-surgery soreness. I’ve got full range of movement, but not all the time.
“The goal was to be ready for the French Open, but I’m not sure now.”
Kokkinakis dislocated his right shoulder playing basketball a few years ago.
Soreness in the AC joint last season plagued Kokkinakis and, after using weights “screwed it up even more”, it was eventually decided to opt for surgery.
“My overall fitness is OK, but I’m just working on getting the shoulder completely right before I go back.”