AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
The AP reports that Sam “Samurai” Querrey returned to the practice courts last week after a freak accident at September’s Thailand Open came close to ending his tennis career. The 6’6″ American fell through a glass table in the tournament’s locker room while sitting on it to tie his shoes. A shard of glass cut through 30% of two different muscles in his serving arm, nearly severing a nerve (check out the scar in the above photo). He required emergency surgery in Bangkok and wore a splint for two weeks afterwards. Though he has suffered pain and uncertainty, he says that his training is going well.
”My shoulder, it takes a while to warm it up and get that (service) motion going,” Querrey said. ”Other than that I feel no difference in any part of my game.”
Querrey says there was one upside to the injury, which cut his career-best season short: an encouraging email from Roger Federer.
”That was the greatest,” Querrey said, smiling. ”I was so happy. It made my day. It was almost worth it.’‘
Looks like we can add yet another ATP member to our roster of Fedophiles!
Source: New York Times and GTT reader Liz for forwarding the tip!