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05-31-2015 09:10 AM
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Robin Soderling hopeful of 2016 comeback after five-year absence

Robin Soderling - who remains the only man ever to have beaten Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros - is hoping he will be able to return to the ATP Tour in 2016.

The two-time French Open finalist has not played competitively since July 2011 because of severe glandular fever, but has told BBC Sport of his optimism he still has "some good years" ahead.
"I'm actually finally doing a lot better," says the 30-year-old Swede.
"I wouldn't say I'm 100%, but not very far from it, which is a great feeling."
He added: "Hopefully - if it continues to progress the way it has been - then maybe, it's tough to say, but maybe six months or a year from now I can hopefully start to train 100%.
"My goal was to play a long career and to play until I was way over 30. If I can become healthy, I still feel that I have some good years in me. Look at the way the players on the tour are performing now at a high age - that gives me a little bit of hope."
Soderling famously beat Nadal in four sets in the fourth round of the 2009 French Open and went on to finish as the runner-up to Roger Federer. He again reached the final in Paris 12 months later, where Nadal took the opportunity to exact his revenge.
The Swede says he started to develop a light fever and a sore throat during the 2011 Wimbledon Championships but rallied a couple of weeks later to beat David Ferrer in a final in Bastad, Sweden. That was the 10th title of a burgeoning career, and yet it remains his most recent appearance on the ATP Tour.
Soderling was just 26 at the time and admits to feeling bitter about the illness which has robbed him of arguably the best years of his career.

Soderling's Grand Slam highlights
Australian Open
Fourth round (2011)
French Open
Final (2009, 2010)
Quarter-final (2010)
US Open
Quarter-final (2009, 2010)

"In the beginning I didn't think so much about it because I was feeling so bad: I had problems going from my bed to the bathroom," he said.
"But then after a while, as I started to feel physically better, it was tough of course mentally: all [manner of] thoughts started going through my head about maybe I cannot ever play tennis again. But I did some other stuff. I had a kid and I learnt that tennis is a big part of my life but it's not my whole life as I thought it was before."
"Other stuff" includes setting up RS Tennis, a company that sells tennis products, and spending almost a year trying to develop the perfect tennis ball. Soderling's creation - which he says is light yet durable and offers plenty of control - will be used at this year's Stockholm Open, where the Swede is now in his second year as tournament director.
That role has really opened his eyes to life on the other side of the fence. He is now having to negotiate appearance fees with players' agents, some of whom are "very nice and easy to talk to - but some are totally the opposite".
And if Soderling does return to the tour in 2016, we should expect to see a man whose illness has given him a different perspective on professional life.
"Sometimes I wish I had been a little bit more humble as a player, because sometimes you could complain about really small things like there's no water on the court."

Paul Farrell, professor of tumour virology at Imperial College London
"The symptoms of glandular fever are caused by the immune response to the Epstein-Barr virus, which tends to be more severe after adolescence.
"Incidences may be slightly higher in tennis players because of the demographics of the players themselves.
"In developing countries, it is unknown because almost everyone gets infected in childhood.
"It is only in Western families with higher hygiene standards where people stay uninfected all the way through childhood.
"It could be that tennis players tend to come from a higher social class demographic than sportspeople in other sports
"It may also be possible that tennis players' stressful lifestyles affect their immunology.
"Travelling extensively in itself should not make someone more susceptible to glandular fever.
"It is known as the 'kissing disease' because it is transferred via saliva and requires that level of exposure to spread.
"Also 90% of the population carry the virus anyway, so you would not need to travel anywhere particular exotic to be exposed to it."
10-30-2014 04:04 PM
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Interesting Interview.
11-10-2013 01:33 AM
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Thanks for sharing

i still dont think he'll be able to come back to the level he was before but its always nice to hear news
11-06-2013 04:27 PM
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from an interview with Jonas Bjorkman :

-Any news on Robin Soderling, have you seen him recently?

- He wants to be back, there’s no doubt. Every time we come to Bastad or Stockholm, he more or less disappears because he doesn’t want to be too close. But I practised with him two weeks before the tournament.

He plays maybe twice a week but very very slow. Maybe five, 10 minutes then he rests for 10 minutes. So he’s still suffering from his illness and it’s a shame. Because the way he hits the ball, if he’s able to be completely healthy, it’s no doubt that he’ll be top 20 in six to eight months because he hits the ball so well.

He has to do a lot of work obviously because he’s dropped so many kilos because he has no muscles left. His physique is not there, he has to do a lot, but once he gets to that stage he can be top 20, I think even top 10.
10-15-2013 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by AgnRus View Post

Is there any news in this video? or not?
I'd say no. It's a good interview but he's dodging the main question.

He says there is still no recovery when he trains hard. He doesn't want to set a time limit on his return. He's pretty happy with his life blabla. Time for other things. Doesn't feel stressed anymore about coming back.

I guess one alarming thing is he said on the topic of keeping in shape that his jeans feel a less tight these days. Sounds like he lost some weight. Unfortunately building muscle takes time and I dunno if he ever will get back to his top shape of 2010-2011. Doctors couldn't help him much. Some speculation that those 4 weeks or so he played with mono really pushed him over the edge.

He wants to come back and he wants to end his career on his own terms. When pushed on the question about "what is realistic?" he said: Well retiring might be the realistic option. (alarming!) Yet he also took some inspiration from Haas and thought that one positive thing is these 2 years off could maybe have bought him another year or so. Still refuses to set a timelimit but says he knows it's getting harder for every passing day

One positive thing is he says in practice it can still feel as good as 2011. Says tennis is like cycling so it still feels really good. But also says you can't really practice the match situations

Also touches on the doping topic but just says he doesn't care or read much news. Says most athletes suffer that kind of negative attention when something like this happens and caring about it takes him nowhere.
10-10-2013 04:37 AM
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Is there any news in this video? or not?
09-25-2013 07:59 AM
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Nu satsar Söderling på nya bollar

Tennisstjärnan Robin Söderling har förlikat sig med tanken att karriären kan vara över.
Men tolka inte det som om han gett upp hoppet om comeback.
– Jag vet att kroppen kommer bli helt bra och det ger mig ett lugn, säger den tidigare världsfyran som under sitt långa uppehåll bland annat utvecklat en ny boll som ska minska skaderiskerna.

Den är godkänd av ITF (Internationella tennisförbundet) och även om den kan användas på alla Grand Slam- och ATP-turneringar är det fortfarande mest en dröm. Min tanke är inte att bli rik på det här utan att ge tillbaka lite till svensk tennis genom att nå ut till klubbarna, säger Robin.

Han fyllde 29 år i augusti och det är drygt två år sedan han spelade sin senaste turnering.

– Även om tiden gått snabbt är jag inte lastgammal. Det finns många, ja, i alla fall flera spelare som är över 30 år och som varit borta länge och som gör bra resultat.

Robin är frisk från körtelfebern men kroppen har inte återhämtat sig fullt ut och han kan ännu inte träna för fullt.

– Jag blir sakta bättre men den sista biten är seg. Kör jag med hög intensitet kommer mattheten tillbaka. Det är som om kroppen har ett försvar som säger ifrån. När jag förut hörde Per Elofsson och andra berätta hur de kände sig kunde jag inte sätta mig in i det men nu förstår jag precis.

Läkarna säger att Robin en dag ska få tillbaka alla sina krafter men vet inte hur lång tid det tar.

– På ett sätt hade det kanske varit en lättnad om loppet varit kört. Då hade jag kunnat släppa alla tankar kring tennis och bearbeta det.Nu är det kanske, kanske inte, kanske...

– Jag skulle i och för sig kunna bestämma mig i för att skita i det här men det vill jag inte göra så länge chansen finns. Ibland har jag tänkt att det kanske skulle vara bäst att jag gick ut och sa att jag lägger av men i bakhuvudet ha kvar tanken på comeback.

Du menar för att slippa alla frågor och för att kroppen kanske slappnar av på ett annat sätt?

– Ja, både och.

Har du satt en deadline för när du måste kunna träna för fullt för att hoppet om comeback inte ska överge dig?

– Nej, det skulle bara sätta press och tänk om jag skulle känna mig hur stark som helst en månad efter en sådan där deadline.

Jag har fått många mejl och samtal från personer som säger att de kan hjälpa dig och du har väl...

Robin skrattar och bryter av frågan.

– Det har varit tusentals mejl. Jag har testat massor av saker och sen finns det de som skulle bota mig på telefon. Det skulle ta bara fem timmar och kosta mig 100 000 kronor.


– Nej, det där trodde jag inte på. Men samtidigt tänker man någonstans, tänk om det där hade funkat. Det hade ju lätt varit värt hundratusen att bli frisk.

Du levde med och för tennis dygnet runt – hur har du hanterat omställningen?

– Man har ju hört att den del blir nästan knäppa då de inte längre kan tävla men det är ju ändå inte så att livet tar slut då. Eftersom jag inte slutat kan jag jag inte veta exakt hur det kommer att kännas men hälsan är viktigast och det tänker man nog inte på förrän man mår riktigt dåligt.

Precis som så många andra idrottare mitt uppe i karriären hände det att den tvåfaldige Grand Slam-finalisten under de mest hektiska perioderna såg fram emot pensionering eller åtminstone en lång period under vilken han skulle slippa baksidorna med en elitkarriär.

– Nu saknar jag allt det där som jag såg fram emot att slippa.

Vad saknar du mest?

– Pressen, det där att allt jag gjorde syftade till att jag skulle komma så bra förberedd som möjligt till en tävling. Kan jag äta ett äpple nu? Kan jag göra det eller det? Allt var avvägningar för att jag skulle prestera så bra som möjligt på banan.

Kommer du att få uppleva den stora utmaningen igen om du inte gör comeback?

– Nej, i alla fall inte på samma sätt och det är inte heller viktigt för mig. Jag är enorm tävlingsmänniska i tennis men inte annars. Man kommer snabbt in i nya rutiner och även om jag under första tiden av mitt uppehåll inte hade så mycket tålamod utan mest tänkte på att komma tillbaka vänjer man sig vid en annan tillvaro.

Det har inte minst dottern Olivia sett till.

– Hon är elva månader och sex dagar, säger Robin som strålar då han berättar om sin och sambon Jenni Moströms ögonsten.

– Den här tiden är fantastisk och det händer hela tiden nya saker.

När du gör comeback kan du inte träffa familjen lika ofta?

– Jag skulle ta med familjen så mycket som det går, ja, alltså så mycket som det går för ett litet barn att resa. Men visst skulle det bli en viss omställning igen, säger Robin som under det senaste året ägnat mycket tid åt att utveckla ”RS – all court''.

– Jag har alltid varit materialare och även om det finns bra bollar på touren är det ingen som varit exakt som jag tycker att en boll ska vara. Tunga bollar ger kontroll men sliter på kroppen och lätta bollar flyger iväg. Därför ville jag ta fram en lätt boll som ger kontroll och är skonsam mot kroppen.


– Jag är helnöjd och har också fått mycket positiv feedback av alla som testat dem.

Guys, retell, please!
All these rumors about Bercy were not true, if I understood correctly.
06-24-2013 07:29 PM
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MaxPower, thank you so much!
06-24-2013 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by AgnRus View Post
can someone translate this?
(yes, I know that Robin is not going to play soon (maybe he will never come back), but still curious)
They talked almost nothing about Robin in that whole segment. Robin said he didn't watch much of RG but that the result was expected on the men's and women's side. Host asked him how it felt to be the only guy who's defeated Nadal in RG.

He said he'd rather be the guy who won 8 titles than being known as the guy who beat the guy who won 8 titles. Yet they all agreed it was a nice achievement.

Then he said he thought that Tsonga's win over Federer wasn't that unexpected. He also rather wanted Tsonga vs Nadal in the final than Ferrer vs Nadal because as he said Tsonga has a big forehand and serve while Ferrer pretty much has to win vs Nadal playing Nadal's own game and that's very hard.

He had some interesting opinions on the top player dominance and that it's hurting small tournaments. If small tournaments can't get a star almost no-one cares about them. So he said many ATP 250s would probably prefer to be exhibition tournaments

Thought it was important to have interests outside of tennis and kinda wish he had thought about that earlier. They were impressed with Ancic that managed to land a degree while still playing tennis.

For Wimbledon he believed more in Federer and Murray. Edberg then came and talked abit about serve and volley and the people in the studio all agreed that the returns today are too good so it's hard to be successful with S&V so many players don't train it much.

He said about grass that the courts are better these days and play more like hardcourt so it's easier to adapt. He didn't play any warm-up tournaments himself mostly because he's done well in RG the past years as active player. He also thought that it's gotten easier every year to adapt and thought that veterans can have a slight edge. He still didn't have much faith in Tommy Haas having a real chance of winning Wimbledon.

The commentator Alsterback had some interesting idea that it's tricker to get nervous on grass and Robin agreed since it's harder to "keep the ball in play" and play defensivly. He also thought that some players like Federer are insanely hard to play on grass because his slice is so efficient and they compared to RG where it was almost useless and players like Tsonga had no problems at all with it.

Then some credit to veteran Anders Järryd and Robin was impressed that he could stay so high tanking in BOTH doubles and singles.

Nothing about his own comeback. Maria Tomsvik wished him good luck and so forth at the very end of the show. And I know from before Soderling has been hitting with the other guy, Magnus Alsterback (Eurosport commentator & friend). Also think Robin looked healthy! So some hope at least, I'm crossing some fingers for autumn indoor season but not sure there is time.
06-17-2013 02:54 PM
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can someone translate this?
(yes, I know that Robin is not going to play soon (maybe he will never come back), but still curious)
05-25-2013 05:08 PM
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Interesting yes but no news.

I'm NOT getting the wibe he's close to a comeback. When Båstad comes around it's been 2 full years.

At least Ancic had a fallback plan and studied to lawyer. Robin I don't know what his fallback is. He still aims for comeback but his progress is so slooooooow.

Even if he is too stubborn to set a date (that's like the main-point in his recent interviews) I think he should. He asks why?, but with slow progress and even more time away from the tour the chance his comeback becomes a total failure increases. I think mentally that could be more devastating than just wrap it up and move on in his life.
04-20-2013 09:09 AM
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Interesting interview with Robin in swedish media: Hopefully someone can translate the key parts. (Unfortunately I have a flight to catch, so I won't have time myself).
04-10-2013 11:21 PM
emotion watching him on tennis channel right now

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04-10-2013 11:16 PM
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Missing him so much.
No news this year?
12-29-2012 09:59 PM
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Get well soon Robin.
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