What the HECK? Roger has not only pulled from next week’s Stockholm event (an event he never should have entered), but now says he doesn’t know when he’ll return – MAYBE by the end of the year, he says. Here’s the statement from his website.
2008 has been a tough year for me as I was always playing catch up after being diagnosed with mononucleosis at the beginning of the year. I feel fortunate to be healthy again, but I want to remain at the top of the game for many more years to come and go after the #1 ranking again. In order to do that, I need to get a proper rest and get strong again so that I am 100% fit for the remainder of the year or next year. At this point, I am not sure when I will be ready to play again, but I hope to be back at some point before the end of the year. I apologize to the tennis fans in Sweden as I was looking forward to playing in Stockholm again. The country has produced so many incredible tennis players and the tournament has such a great history. I hope to be able to come back at some point in the future.
I’m all for him taking some time off – I’m sure Davis Cup took a lot out of him along with everything else that happened to him this year. But this vague language about not being sure when he’ll be ready to play again worries me. Is he still burnt out, injured or sick?
What do y’all think – wise move or scary development?