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Milos Raonic’s Injury Woes Continue

Another tournament, another injury nightmare for the Canadian tennis star.

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MONTREAL: It’s no secret that big serving Canadian Milos Raonic has had his share of injury troubles throughout his career. Hip surgery, foot surgery, adductor tear and wrist troubles just to name a few. On Wednesday night at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, playing in his home tournament, the 28-year old may have suffered one of the worst defeats of his career and it didn’t even come on the scoreboard.

 

Raonic was in fact tied one set each with fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Alliasime in their second round match when the 6’5 Canadian was forced to retire with a back injury. And by the look on his face, this wasn’t just another injury to add to the growing list. This one hurt not only because it occurred in the middle of a match, not only because it’s was on home soil but because of the extent of the injury.

The first indication that something was wrong came after the fifth game of the second set. Raonic called for the ATP physiotherapist to come to the court to speak to him about his back. Not something unusual for Raonic who routinely gets visits on court for a variety of ailments over the years. What was strange was the timing. He had already dropped the first set but then had fought back to go up a break in the second and was leading 4-1 when he stopped play.

Raonic took a medical timeout and got treatment on his back during that changeover. Two games later, the ATP doctor came to the court and you could see from the TV images Raonic was in distress and could be overheard telling the doctor he was now feeling pain in his leg. He was asking whether it would get worse if he continues to play. After burying his head in a towel, the eight time winner on the ATP Tour went back on the court and managed to finish out the set.

After another chat with the doctor, the decision was made to call it quits and retire from the match.

“I’m feeling it in the back of the glut,” said a dejected Raonic. “It’s progressed more than it was in Washington. Felt good in the first match. It wasn’t that taxing of a match. Started having pains during the night last night. Started sort of going down my leg pretty early into one of my service games. That started to progress more and more as the match went on.”

Raonic had been having back issues since the start of the grass court season. It first became apparent in Stuttgart. He got treatment on court during a couple of his matches and then withdrew before the start of the Semi-Final ironically against Auger-Aliassime.

He then went to London to play the Queen’s event and had a cortisone shot before the start of the tournament but didn’t appear to be suffering much on the grass there. All appeared to be good in Wimbledon as well, with Raonic admittedly running out of steam after losing a marathon five setter 8-6 in the final set to Guido Pella in the Fourth Round.

The next indication of back trouble came in Washington. During the second set of his Second Round match against Peter Gojowczyk Raonic again had treatment on court on his back. After losing the match he said everything was fine and it was just a precaution because he was a bit stiff on a warm humid afternoon.

Then came Montreal and things got worse.

“The last 30 minutes of that match, (vs Auger-Aliassime) just because of the situation we’re playing in, being prime time night match here in Montreal, was probably the least enjoyable 30 minutes I’ve spent on a tennis court”, said Raonic. “Nobody’s been telling me there’s a reason for me not to be playing right now or to be fearing some serious, serious risk. Today was more painful than it’s been in quite a long time. It’s too late tonight, but I’ll do some more tests tomorrow, sort of assess it from there. It hasn’t necessarily been the most enjoyable season so far.”

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Rival Backs Dominic Thiem To Win Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award

Only two players have won the award since 2004.

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For the past 15 years only two players have managed to get their hands on the prestigious Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, but one player thinks there could be a brand new winner this year.

 

Diego Schwartzman has lent his support behind world No.4 Dominic Thiem. The award recognizes those who have conducted the highest level of professionalism and integrity on the ATP Tour throughout the season. Established in 1977, Roger Federer has won the honour in 13 out of the past 15 years. The only other player to triumph during that period was Rafael Nadal, who won it in 2010 and 2018.

“I think Thiem can win it, he showed throughout the year a competitiveness and a respect with everyone that was spectacular,” Schwartzman told ole.com. “On top of that he is having great years of his career and this season was even better for the achievements he had.’
“He has a good chance of winning it.” He added.

Schwartzman, who reached the quarter-finals of the US Open earlier this year, has also been shortlisted for the award. Along with regular nominees Federer and Nadal. Only once has an Argentinian player won the title, which was José Luis Clerc back in 1981. At that time it was known as the ATP Sportsmanship award before getting renamed in 1996.

“I learned first (of getting nominated) through social networks rather than the official designation that the ATP sends you by mail.” The 27-year-old revealed.
“It is more spectacular than anything for the players I have next to me. It is a very important prize that recognizes a little what you do off the court, not only hitting the ball.”

Whilst he is dreaming of winning the honour himself, Schwartzman is just happy that he has been nominated.

“If I won this award, it would be spectacular. Now I am on that payroll that is very good and represents the values ​​that I try to maintain on a day-to-day basis and that (my coaching teams over the years) have taught me. It is very nice to be recognized for that. “ He concluded.

The four nominees for the Stefan Edberg Award was shortlisted by the ATP. However, it will be the players who will decide the winner. The result will be revealed later this month.

Multiple winners of the Stefan Edberg/ATP Sportsmanship award

Roger Federer – 13
Stefan Edberg – 5
Pat Rafter – 4
Alex Corretja – 2
Todd Martin – 2
Paradorn Srichaphan – 2
Rafael Nadal – 2

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Kei Nishikori In Doubt For The Australian Open

Asia’s highest ranked male tennis player is contemplating when he should return to the tour following surgery.

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Kei Nishikori (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

World No.13 Kei Nishikori is refusing to rule out the prospect of skipping the first grand slam event of 2020 as he continues his recovery from surgery.

 

Nishikori hasn’t played a match on the tour since his third round loss at the US Open back in September. A month later he underwent a procedure on his right elbow in a move that brought his season to an early end. Currently undergoing rehabilitation, it is unclear as to when the Japanese player believes he will return to the ATP Tour.

“The prospect of a return from surgery on right elbow in January. Maybe February. In the second half of next year I want to be able to play well.” Nikkan Sports quoted Nishikori as saying.
“I don’t want to overdo it,” he added.

The Australian Open will get underway on January 20th in Melbourne. Should he miss the grand slam, it will be the second time he has done so in the last three years. Nishikori also withdrew from the 2018 edition due to a wrist injury. In January he reached the quarter-finals and therefore has 360 points to defend next year.

During his time away from the court, the 29-year-old has been kept busy making changes to his team. Recently it was confirmed that he has started working alongside Max Mirnyi, who is a former world No.1 doubles player. Mirnyi, who has won 10 grand slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles, will be working full-time with Nishikori alongside existing coach Michael Chang.

“I’m getting closer to retirement. I want to be cured and come back to play good tennis in the second half of next year.” Nishikori stated.

Despite the injury setback, Nishikori has enjoyed success in 2019. Reaching the quarter-finals in three out of the four grand slam tournaments. The first time he has ever done that in his career. He also claimed his 12th ATP title at the Brisbane International. Overall, he won 29 out of 43 matches played.

Nishikori will turn 30 on December 29th.

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Family Of Venezuelan Doubles Star Launches GoFundMe Page For Cancer Treatment

Roberto Maytin was playing on the Challenger tour less than a month ago, but now faces a new battle.

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One of Venezuela’s highest ranked players on the ATP Tour is facing challenges off the court after being recently diagnosed with cancer.

 

Roberto Maytin, who currently has a doubles ranking of 136th, is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer Non-Seminoma. Non-seminomas are made up of different types of tumour, such as teratomas, embryonal tumours, yolk sac tumours and choriocarcinomas. Maytin’s brother Ricardo has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs. The tennis player made $19,441 in prize money this season, which doesn’t factor into account numerous expenses such as travel, accommodation and paying for his coaching team.

“If life gives you a chance to live longer, I think nobody would miss the opportunity. In this plane, we all want to be (alive) for years however we forget that we are with a 50% chance of leaving at any time every day.” The fundraising page reads.
“My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer NO Seminoma, at 30 years old. He now faces a crucial match that life has put him for growth as an individual, as a man and as an athlete. He is forced to undergo 4 stages of aggressive chemotherapy in order to heal at all and leave no trace of a Cancer that has been moving for months causing some damage.”

A former top 25 junior player, Maytin is one of only two players from his country to be ranked inside the top 200 in either singles or doubles on the men’s tour. This season he has won four Challenger titles across America. However, he has only played in one ATP Tour event since the start of 2018. He achieved a ranking high of 85th in the doubles back in 2015.

Once a student at Baylor University in Texas, Maytin formed a successful partnership with former world No.2 doubles player John Peers. Together they earned All-American honours with a win-loss of 36-5 and reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Maytin is also a regular fixture in his country’s Davis Cup team. Since 2007 he has played 15 ties and won 10 out of 16 matches played.

“I am also clear that the family is the gift of God for each one of us, so in this way and in whatever way I will put my desire and my energy so that my Brother Roberto Maytin, a Venezuelan professional tennis player, is back to the courts, which is where he belongs as soon as possible.”

Almost $25,000 has been raised so far to fund Maytin’s treatment. Click here to visit his GoFundMe page.

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