• Thigh injury worries Wawrinka before Roland Garros

    5/22/13 12:33 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Thigh injury worries Wawrinka before Roland Garros Andy Murray with his back pain is not the only player with a fitness decision to make before the weekend start of the French Open.

    Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka has revealed that he suffered a small tear in his right thigh in Rome last week and will have to decided within a few days about his own participation at Roland Garros.

    "There is a risk that I will not be able to play Roland Garros," the world No. 11 told Swiss media during a sponsor appearance at home. "The situation is not easy to live with. I can't enjoy all the good things that happened to me, " said the winner of a clay title this month in Portugal and a finalist in Madrid against Rafael Nadal.

    Wawrinka battled last week in Rome for more than two hours in his opening match, then withdrew with his injury before facing Alexandr Dolgopolov in the second round.

    "I've not touched a racket since returning from Rome. I have to decide something by Thursday. My mind is at the moment busy with recovery. I've not been doing anything else. I'll know more when the results of more medical tests are returned."

    While Wawrinka hinted that the tear could require up to several weeks of recovery, he was trying to maintain a positive attitude. "I'm hoping things turn out ok, I hope to get to Paris. Two days of training would be enough for me to play."

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This clay causes so many injuries. Too bad for Stan.

chr18 , 5/22/13 1:40 PM

For some it's hardcourt to clay, for others it's vice versa, that causes problems.

ed251137 , 5/22/13 3:13 PM

chr is being a smart aleck. :)

But it really does all depend on the athlete. Those who struggle with joint problems (Nadal) have more difficulty with hard courts. Those athletes more prone to muscle spasms, tears etc..from overuse will have more trouble on clay, simply due to the fact that the points are longer and matches can stretch on for ages.

cherylmurray , 5/22/13 3:27 PM

Funny, none of the "clay-court specialists" get injuries from playing on clay, nor do they complain about it, quite the opposite. It's the "HC specialists" or players who are more comfortable on faster surfaces who suffer on clay. Which is not surprising because they do not move as well on clay.

It would be a shame if Stan could not make RG, just love that backhand............

rafaisthebest , 5/22/13 3:37 PM

rafaisthebest , 5/22/13 3:55 PM

DelPo is also skipping Roland Garros :(.

danica , 5/23/13 1:59 AM

What seems to happen with some of these players is that they play too many tournaments and then come up injured when it's time for a slam. Stan has played a lot of tennis in the last few months. He has been playing some of his best tennis, but sometimes you have to pace yourself to be ready for the slams.

It would be a shame if he has to miss RG after what he has accomplished.

Nativenewyorker , 5/23/13 2:27 AM

Andy has said he started his back problem 18 months ago i.e. during the hard court season. He said he gets more pain on clay obviously because more movement is required on clay. And for those with back problems, there would be more pain. Since chr18 obtained his PhD degree from a treetop university, he probably cannot reason well as he never received the proper rigorous training. Might be a good idea to go back to High School, chris.

holdserve , 5/23/13 3:29 AM

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