Victoria Azarenka Withdraws from French Open

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World No. 5 Victoria Azarenka has officially withdrawn from Roland Garros next week. The former Grand Slam champion cited a foot injury as the reason for her withdrawal.

“I am working very hard on my recovery and hopefully I will be able to resume practice soon. Thanks to all of you for the support and continuos messages on my Facebook and Twitter. I love you all.”

Azarenka has not played a match since Indian Wells, where she was ousted by American Lauren Davis in 2nd round, and hasn’t looked in shape from then, as she has pulled put of all the later tournaments.  There were rumours that she intended to try again in Monterrey but decided to wait a little while longer and eventually pulled out of both Madrid and Rome.

The 2014 French Open takes place between May 25 – June 8 at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.

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  1. There must be something wrong with Victoria Azarenka’s vocal cords that has caused her to withdraw from the 2014 French Open.  The window-dressing claim is that it’s something wrong with her right foot, but there has been no anatomical identification of the problem nor was there any sign of a foot injury at Indian Wells last March when the problem is alleged to have manifested itself.  Azarenka is one of those players in whose arsenal a chief weapon is her screaming and hollering after she has already hit the ball, in order to interfere in her opponent’s concentration—a plain distraction technique.  She is not the only player who does this; among the women, Maria Sharapova (the most prominent Siberian since Rasputin), Serena Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Michelle Larcher de Brito are other conspicuous offenders in this regard, and there are men who do it too.  The sounds these noise machines and sound trucks make is about as welcome, appropriate and charming as repeated loud farting at a party, even though mercifully unaccompanied by the smell.  And the breakdown in authority of tennis officialdom is evident in its failure to do anything about this unacceptable unsporting behavior that makes watching a tennis match a penance.

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