Robin Soderling: Still out of action? – Tennis Special
It has been a long time since the Swede tennis ace, Robin Soderling, was seen in action on a tennis court. The former world number four is reckoned to be one of the finest tennis players in the world at the present but his illness has sidelined him from professional tennis circuit for a fairly long time. The 27-year-old tennis icon was stung by mononucleosis last summer and is still battling with the disease to regain his health.
Soderling was on top of his tennis career last year, reaching the fourth spot in the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Rankings in January but his absence from the courts has thrown him to number 24 by now. The top Swede player is very well known for his resilient game play and high spirit in the contest. His absence is missed by a huge fan base but it seems like he will remain aloof from the tennis courts for quite some time. Soderling was about to make his return in February but was hindered by his persistent illness.
He wrote on his facebook page: “I was hoping to be ready for tournaments in February but unfortunately I am not there yet. The good news is that the symptoms of the mono like sore throat and fever are gone, but for some reason my body still cannot handle intense training, I get very tired when I do something physical. I am working with my medical team to understand why and what the next step is.”
Fans are rather curious as if what’s taking so long for Soderling to get physically fit? A mere illness might not stop such a world class athlete to remain out of action for such long time. Well, only a few are aware of the severity of mononucleosis disease, otherwise none would have raised such question. People suffering from the so called “kissing disease” are strictly prohibited to pay any kind of sports because there are great chances that the spleen may grow larger or even burst. So tennis fans better stop getting agitated on Soderling’s lay-off and pray for him to get well soon.
It was January last year when the Swede tennis ace got off to a blistering start to the new season at Brisbane International as the world number five. He overwhelmed America’s top ranked competitor, Andy Roddick, in the final round to claim the title and the world number four spot from Andy Murray. Soderling had a decent run in the Australian Open voyage and lasted until the fourth round before suffering stunning defeat at the hands of Alexandr Dolgopolov in a classic five-setter.
The then number four, Soderling, won back-to-back championship titles in Rotterdam and Marseille to strengthen his position in the men’s rankings. He had decent runs in the later tournaments, including the Roland Garros and the Wimbledon Championships, making to the quarter-final rounds on most occasions but not getting more titles under his belt. He finally registered a thumping victory over David Ferrer in the final of an ATP World Tour 250 event in Bastad but unfortunately, it was the last time we saw the ever-smiling Swede in action.
Soderling missed out the rest of the professional circuit, sitting at home and waiting to get 100 per cent fit to play again. He needs to plan his comeback very carefully as any hastiness in coming back on courts might prove career threatening for him. The Swede hopes it will take him another month before he starts his training on tennis courts and we all hope we see him back in action pretty soon. Get well soon Robin!
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