With this second Grand Slam tournament of the 2012 tennis season – the Roland Garros – due to start on Sunday 27th May, the very best tennis players in the world have begun to gather in Paris with the exception of one very familiar face.
Having missed out on the past 10 months of the ATP World Tour due to his battle with mononucleosis, Robin Soderling – a two-time Roland Garros finalist – is unfortunately still not fit enough to return to action yet. Soderling, who is a former world No. 4, has not made an appearance on court since his victory last year at the Ski Star Swedish Open (cinching his 10th ATP World Tour title in the process) and even though he has taken a careful and lengthy recovery from the infection, doctors have not yet set a timetable for his return to court.
Explaining his reasons for this long recovery period, and his absence from the Roland Garros this weekend, Soderling stated
“I think even if I was 100 per cent healthy tomorrow, I still need some time to train and get back in shape. I don’t know how long that will be, but maybe at least a few months…. Then it is a question of when I can fully start to train again. I don’t know if that will be one month or one year. When I come back, it will take some time to get into shape again. I don’t see the point in training for one week and then going to try and play a match again.”
Revealing that although the recovery process is a slow one, he has been feeling increasingly better but is not yet 100% fit enough to the demanding and intense training that, as an elite level tennis player, he needs to undergo in order to perform at his best. And with dominant players like Djokovic and Nadal currently smashing their way through the season, it’s no wonder that he wants to be on his very best form when he does return.
In happier news the Swedish tennis pro announced that he won’t be resting on his laurels during his lay-off this season, he and his finance are expecting the birth of their first child in September. Taking to his Twitter account – where else! – on Monday morning to announce the news, Soderling tweeted:
“Hi everyone. I have the best news. Jenni and I are becoming parents in late September. We are both very happy and excited.”