So many people to talk about, and so little time! There are numerous injury updates this week, so it seemed easier to lump them all together in one update. Hope they don't mind. (Although I doubt any man would mind being in close quarters with Ana.)
Ana Ivanovic - At the beginning of the year, Ana suffered an abdominal tear during her singles match at the Hopman Cup and ever since has been struggling with her serve, resulting in 1st round loses at the Australian Open, and more recently in Dubai. This week, she has officially withdrawn from Doha citing the same injury. On her official site she states,
It's very frustrating, because I am so motivated to train and to get more matches under my belt. But with this injury I am restricted, especially on the serve, so I just have to rest and then kind of restart my season. I'm sorry to be missing Doha but I'm sure I will be back there in the future.
Whether it is part mental and/or part physical, I hope she heals soon.
In other random Ana news she is also flying solo (without a coach) for a while because she needs to find someone who understands her. And here is a great off-court article where she talks about music on her iPod, her favorite designers, and what she does to relax.
Andy Murray - This week Andy withdrew from Dubai citing a wrist injury. After his loss to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, Andy was supposed to take a prolonged break from tennis, however instead he immediately entered the Rotterdam tournament and subsequently crashed and burned in the 1st round. Now with his "wrist injury" he can mentally/physically recoup before "March Madness." (Indian Wells and Sony Ericsson Open).
Gael Monfils- Gael also has a bum wrist. He had to withdraw from his semi-final match at the SAP Open last week due to a lingering wrist injury he has had since the Australian Open. In San Jose, he had an MRI scan and was told he needed to take off 4-6 weeks. He has withdrawn from his next 2 tournaments as well as Davis Cup.
And now some happier news:
Rafael Nadal is on the road to recovery after he tore his adductor longus in his right leg during his quarter-final match at the Australian Open. He has now started training again, and has been selected to play in the Davis Cup 1st round tie against Belgium March 4th joining his fellow Spaniards, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, and Fernando Verdasco.