World No. 110 David Goffin is scheduled to make his comeback later this month at a tournament in New Caledonia. The Belgian tennis player missed several months of action on tour this season with a wrist injury that required surgery and rehabilitation.
Goffin has been out of action since his first round loss to Alexandr Dolgopolov at the US Open in August. Considering his long layoff, he is excited to get back on the court and play in Noumea.
“Yes, I accepted an invitation to the tournament Caen where I’ll find some of the best French players.” Goffin said in an interview with DHnet.be. “One begins to play from the knockout and I hope to play a few matches. Subsequently, on December 25 I’ll take the direction of Caledonia to play the tournament in Noumea. It is motivated by the fact that I am seeded and, through this, I should be able to play a lot of singles matches but twice, which may not have been the case in one of $ 250,000 tournaments since my current ranking no longer allows me. ”Article Continues Below Ad
The Belgian player, who held a 11-23 record on the ATP World Tour this season, suffered a small hernia in his left wrist, which required surgery to insert a screw to accelerate the healing process. He was expected to make a comeback in time for the Australian Open in mid-January but it appears he will be back slightly sooner.
“The news is reassuring and most important is that I no longer feel any pain.And even though I’m still embarrassed sometimes on some balls, I have not the slightest apprehension. Yes, I will not deny that there is a great desire to play after a period of inactivity like the one I just know. It is for this reason that even exhibition games like Arlon face Christophe (Rochus) are good to take. ”
While Goffin has a positive outlook on his 2014 season, he is not blinded by the possibility of quickly regaining his stride, as that is not likely to be the case so soon after a long layoff and surgery.
“It is far too early for me to give myself targets. I know that this long period of inactivity, it will be difficult to directly well play again. So it will be important to quickly match up in the legs to increase my level of play“