SHEFFIELD’S Jonny Marray will today find out how much of the season he is likely to miss after injury forced him to quit the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdame yesterday, writes Richard Fidler.
Marray and doubles partner Colin Fleming were cruising towards a quarter-final victory over Robert Lindstedt and Nenad Zimonjic when the 32-year-old felt his left calf ‘pop’ while serving.
After trying one more serve the Wimbledon doubles champion was forced to retire from the match and now faces an uncertain time while his injury settles down and a timetable for rehabilitation is planned out.
He told The Star: “I knew straight away that it was something fairly serious.
“It was like I’d been hit on the back of my leg - as if a ball had fallen out of my pocket.
“I tried one more serve but there was no way I could carry on. It’s something that has been niggling me for a while but I’d managed to play on with it.
“It’s frustrating because we were playing well. We’d won the first set (6-4) and were a break and one nil up in the second.
“I’m going to go back to London (today) and get a scan and see what grade the injury is. I’ve no idea how long I’ll be out at this stage but it’s a blow to my plans.”
Marray has already informed the organisers of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis that he’ll be unable to take part next week and it also seems likely that he’ll miss the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in Florida, which starts on February 25.
One positive that may come out of the injury is that it will enable Marray to resolve a long-standing sports hernia problem.
He was delaying surgery until a suitable break in his tournament schedule but he can now get specialist advice about that issue.
He said: “I have to retain perspective that it’s just a calf injury. Hopefully I won’t be out too long and I can sort the hernia out too.”
One target date for Marray could be the season’s first Master Series event, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in America, which starts on March 7.
Marray and Fleming each pick up 90 ranking points from the ATP 500 Series event in Rotterdam.
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