The Battle of Wounded Knee
Or, in this case, the battle with wounded knees. At least this time, there will be less bloodshed. (At least, I hope so!) RC sends in two Guardian UK articles by Simon Cambers:
Does the reward outweigh the risk? That is what Rafael Nadal will ponder before he makes a final decision as to whether his knees can stand up to a vigorous defence of his Wimbledon title.
And only he and his doctors truly know the possible risks. The rest of us are just speculating. I’ve read everything from total gloom and doom to no problem.
John Hardy, a consultant specialist in orthopaedic and trauma surgery in London and Bristol, said he was “amazed he has been able to go on” as the pain has built up. “When you go up and down stairs, [the stress on] your patella is three times your body weight,” he said. “When you get up from a chair, it is seven times your body weight. When you are running around the tennis court, sometimes with your knees at angles, the stress on your patella and your quadriceps is enormous.”
Going down stairs hurts more! (Well, for me. I don’t even want to think what 3 times my body weight is. It might be half a baseball team.)
Todd Martin, the former world No4 and twice a semi-finalist at Wimbledon, suffered from chronic tendinitis during his career. The American said the pain was playable but if the effect on the knee was significant, it would “undoubtedly be pretty limiting physically and mentally”.
“[For] Nadal, having to deal with a knee injury is especially difficult though,” he said. “The sport continues to get more athletic and Rafael leads the pack in that category. His movement and strength are astounding and they have always had a carry-on effect into his mental and emotional strength.”
Rafael Nadal is losing his fight to play at Wimbledon next week. Unless there is a dramatic improvement in his knees in the next few hours, the Spaniard seems set to become only the fourth man in the modern era not to defend his title at the All England Club.
Oh, that hurts. I didn’t know that so few had not been able to show up the next year. As the article goes on to say, the four men were John Newcombe, Stan Smith and Goran Ivanisevic. Of those, only Ivanisevic wasn’t able to defend due to injury.
The final decision will rest with Nadal, who was due to play Stanislav Wawrinka tomorrow but the Spaniard promised last week that he will not play unless he is 100% fit and he knows that, if he pushes himself too hard, he may risk causing further damage. Those close to him suggest winning the US Open – and completing a career grand slam – is his goal for this year so anything that endangers that possibility is a serious risk. Moreover, if he is not able to bend properly, it will affect every part of his game, especially his serve, which requires him to bend low to push up and create power.
No serve, no ability to get to low bouncing balls on grass…what’s the point?
I need some chocolate…STAT!