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Injury Forces Kimiko Date-Krumm To The Brink Of Retirement

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Kimiko Date-Krumm reacts in her match against Amandine Hesse during the first round of 2016 Australian Open Qualifying (source: Zimbio.com)

Kimiko Date Krumm’s inspirational journey on the WTA Tour may be coming to an unfortunate ending following medical tests on her knee.

 

Short after the Australian Open, the 45-year-old announced that she will undergo surgery on her left knee. At that start of the month, the world No.198 was optimistic about a return to the sport.

“I’ve decided to have an endoscope surgery on my left-knee meniscus,” Date-Krumm told Mainichi.jp.
“I had an MRI a day after returning from the Australian Open, and the part where [there] was a crack now [has] a rupture. I thought about the life as an athlete and after. I don’t know when I can return, but I’ve decided on the unknown of having an operation and the ensuing rehab, believing I can stand on the court again one day.”

It has now been revealed that the doctors test has found that the condition of the Japanese player’s knee is ‘worse than expected’. According to The Japan Times, last week’s procedure concluded that her meniscus was badly worn out. The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that provides a cushion between your thighbone and shinbone. Writing a blog entry on Sunday, Date-Krumm confirmed that she is weighing up her options.

“As an athlete, it will be beyond tough to live life without taking part in sport,” Date-Krumm said.
“If I decide to have surgery again, it’s unavoidable that it will take a long time for me to come back.
“I want to think long and hard before deciding on the best possible option.”

Date-Krumm’s life on the tour has been one that other players envy. Playing her first Grand Slam at the 1989 French Open, the Japanese player achieved a ranking best of 4th in the world in 1995. She reached the semifinals at three Grand Slam tournaments between 1994-1996. During 1991-1996, she reached 13 WTA finals, claiming titles in seven of them.

Originally retiring from the sport in 1996, Date-Krumm announced a surprise comeback to the tour in 2008 at the age of 37. The comeback saw triumph for the Japanese player when she won the 2009 Korean Open to become the second oldest title winner in the Open Era on the WTA Tour. During her second stint on the tour, the 45-year-old has finished her season in the top 100 on three occasions (2009- 82nd, 2010 – 46th and 2013 54th). In 2013 she reached the third round of the Wimbledon Championships at the age of 42. During her time at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, she shed some light on how she copes with life on the tour at her age.

I’m taking care of my body more, because of course the most difficult thing is recovery. I need to do fitness training, but if I do too much, I feel tired. For example, this past week I practiced Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning, then fitness in the afternoons. But after three days of that, I took one day off. Then Sunday, Monday I had just one practice“. She said in 2013.

Currently Date-Krumm has played 711 matches on the tour, winning 447 of them.

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Roger Federer announces the return of “RF” branded caps

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Swiss legend Roger Federer announced the return of the “RF” branded caps. Tennis fans will be able to purchase the Uniqlo product.

 

The RF logo has been missing since Federer switched from Nike to Uniqlo at Wimbledon 2018. It has now returned as new Uniqlo caps feature the iconic “RF” logo.

Roger Federer: “After a long and extensive fine-tuning, UNIQLO and I are extremely extremely to announce the return of the RF hat in eight fresh colours starrting from 8th December 2020. This hat has meant so much to me and to my fans over the years. It has given us a way to visibly connect, and I have appreciated the opportunity to thrive off this supportive energy”. 

Federer posted a video on his Instagram account announcing the relaunch of the “RF” logo.  

There are eight different colours of the “RF” caps. The gap has the iconic “RF” has the iconic “RF” logo in front and the “Go Roger” logo at the back. 

Federer will make his eagerly awaited come-back at the 2021 Australian Open. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has won six titles at Melbourne Park in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017 and 2018. Three years ago Fedeerer won an epic five-set final against Rafael Nadal after being sidelined by a knee injury. The Basel native repeated the feat winning the 2018 final against Marin Cilic in another five-set battle. 

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French Legend Leconte Speaks Out On Upcoming Return Of Roger Federer

The Grand Slam finalist gives his view on Federer’s chances for 2021.

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A former star of French tennis says he is hopeful but wary that Roger Federer will be able to return to the pinnacle of sport next year.

 

Henri Leconte, who is a former French Open finalist that achieved a ranking high of No.5, admits that the Swiss Maestro may find it tough on the Tour given the rise of what he describes as the ‘younger generation.’ This season Dominic Thiem won his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open at the age of 27. More recently Daniil Medvedev defeated both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal en route to the ATP Finals title.

We want to believe it. We all want to believe it! It’s been a long and difficult year. Will the motivation still be there? Will this break, the fact of having been able to enjoy his family, have changed something or will he still have that renewed motivation that has always fascinated us?” Leconte told TennisActu.

Federer hasn’t played a competitive match since his semi-final loss at the Australian Open in January. Since then, he has been sidelined from action due to a right knee injury which required two surgical procedures. The second took place after the first failed to produce the desired results.

Despite the setbacks, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer is eyeing a return to the Tour in 2021. He is currently the oldest player in the world’s top 100 and one of two to be aged 39. The other is Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.

No one can say it. We all wish him, we would like him to stop on a Grand Slam title but the train (momentum) is gone with this younger generation which has put in an extra speed,” said Leconte.
“I would like to believe it. Roger has done so many things, that’s why he makes us dream, we would like to see him at the top. It will be very, very hard. ..”

It is not the first time Federer has taken a lengthy break due to injury. He missed six months of the 2017 season due to another knee issue before returning to action the following year when he won the Australian Open.

Earlier this week it was confirmed that Federer will head into the new season being able to use his iconic ‘RF’ logo. He hasn’t been able to use the logo for the past two years after switching from Nike, which held the rights, to UNIQLO. However, he has managed to regain control of ownership which means he will be allowed to use it on his apparel once again.

“The RF cap is back,” Federer said in a video message to fans on Twitter.
“After a long wait and extensive fine-tuning, UNIQLO and I are extremely excited to announce the return of the RF hat in 8 fresh colours starting December 8th, 2020,” he also wrote.
“This hat has meant so much to me and to my fans over the years.
“It has given us a way to visibly connect, and I have appreciated the opportunity to thrive off this supportive energy.”

As it currently stands Federer’s first tournament is set to be the Australian Open. The tournament had been scheduled to start on January 18th but it is believed that the date has been delayed until February 8th due to travel and quarantine arrangements.

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Matteo Berrettini is confident for the future of Italian tennis ahead of the 2021 ATP Finals in Turin

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Last year’s US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini looked back to his 2020 season in an interview to the Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. 

 

Berrettini reached the Australian Open second round losing to Tennys Sandgren in five sets. The Rome native player lost to Andrey Rublev in the fourth round at the US Open. He was one the five Italian players to advance to Roland Garros third round, most to reach a Grand Slam third round in Open Era since 1968.

At Masters 1000 level Berrettini reached the third round in Cincinnati and the quarter final in Rome before losing to Norwegian player Casper Ruud. 

“I struggled during 2020. I did not start my season at best. I was often injured. It was a race against time to get back into shape. When I was ready, the season was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic”, said Berrettini. 

The Italian player ended the year in the top-10 but he had a season with ups and downs. 

“I struggled to settle on my ranking. What I achieved in 2019 was deserved, but it was unexpected. I need to play many matches to get the rhythm”. 

The defeat against Casper Ruud was the biggest disappointment of this year. 

“The match against Ruud was decided by just two points. If I had reached the semifinal, it could have been another season. This negative result was a learning experience. My team invited me to be relaxed and patient. I am confident for the future”. 

The 2020 season was highlighted by the great results achieved by Jannik Sinner, who reached the quarter final at Roland Garros and won his first title in Sofia. 

“Sinner is enjoying an impressive season. He is mature. At his age I did not think about winning a single match. He is playing with a clear plan for the future. Every point he plays is an investment. This is the secret to reach top level”. 

The countdown to the 2021 ATP Finals in Turin has begun. Yesterday marked marked the start of the ticket sale. 

“It’s a great period for Italian tennis. I really hope to qualify for the ATP Finals. It would be a good result, if an Italian player qualifies for the Turin ATP Finals. Besides me, Jannik Sinner and Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego i salso playing very well. There are many other players, who can achieve good results and give a great joy to Italian fans. There are many young players, who are hungry. Fans can be happy and confident for the future”, said Berrettini. 

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