Originally Posted by steffis
I`m really afraid of Andre retiring soon!
I thought a lot about him in the last few weeks and I`m not able to believe that Andre`s back will be ok till Queens. I think his back has been that much injured over the last couple years that he couldn`t be ok after three months of recovery. His back just needs surgery! How can a bulged disk and a moved vertebrae recover without surgery?
Ok, Andre has very professional doctors, I suppose, but cortisone shots and the training of his back won`t solve the real problem.
I don`t write these things to you because I`m a negative person. I rather write it because I really care about Andre. And now, after this `Agassi update` from Tennis Inside, I`m not in a position to be less worried. I`m rather much more worried because I had hoped that Andre will play definitely in Queens. Otherwise, he will never be 100% sure if his back doesn`t bother him in one of his matches. Everything can happen any time!
Hopefully, some of you can understand and maybe share my worries
Well - the thing is - worrying won't change anything, unfortunately. Time will tell, I guess. A few years ago when all the retirement talk started, I felt the same way as you - that I just didn't want to face that - I mean, tennis will be SO DULL without Andre. But over these past few months, I guess I've sort of accepted that he won't be playing for much longer. Of course I hope he proves me wrong (he's proved so many people wrong, so many times), but I try to look at it as accepting what's best for him and appreciating all the fabulous (albeit nailbiting) matches he's given us. (Thank heaven for my stash of recorded matches!). (I guess a prayer or two wouldn't hurt.