Uncertainty Continues To Blight Petra Kvitova’s Return

Petra Kvitova (zimbio.com)

The return date of Petra Kvitova remains ‘up in the air’ as she continues to recover from a severe hand injury according to her spokesman.

Kvitova hasn’t played a competitive match since November after being injured in a knife attack at her house. On December 20th an unknown intruder entered her residence in Prostejov, Czech Republic, after pretending to be a maintenance man. During a tussle between Kvitova and the intruder, she suffered severe injuries to her left hand. The attack resulted in Kvitova undergoing   four hours of surgery to repair the damage caused to her tendon and nerves.

Providing an update of the two-time Wimbledon champion, spokesman Karel Tejkal confirmed the Czech is one again conducting activities with her injured hand, which is the one she also plays tennis with.

“Petra uses her hand without problem for daily activities,” Tejkal told AFP. “Of course, the hand is weakened, but at first glance you can’t see that she was injured.”

Despite the positive progress, there is still no sign of when she will be able to return to the tour. Tekjal confirmed that she is maintaining her fitness and is recovering psychologically well from the incident.

“At the moment no one can give a concrete date,” said the spokesman.
“Petra’s convalescence is continuing as planned, so far there are no complications, but everything is up in the air as to her return.”

Earlier this month the former world No.2 attended the Club La Santa in Lanzarote as part of her rehabilitation programme.  Recently Kvitova’s management was forced to clarify a comment about the state of her injury. Czech media quoted her manager, Miroslav Cernosek, saying the injury was ‘more serious than what it seemed to be.’ Less than 24 hours later, they corrected those remarks, saying everything was ‘going to plan.’

Throughout her absence from the sport, fellow players and tournaments have pledged their support behind the highly popular 27-year-old. During the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, a billboard was put up to wish Kvitova a fast recovery. The poster has since been covered by numerous messages of support from fans. Kvitova is a two-time quarter-finalist in Indian Wells.

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