James Blake ... head/spine injury!

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  1. thatballwas_IN

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    ROME (AP) -- James Blake slammed into the net post during practice, sending the American tennis star to the hospital with head and spine injuries that will sideline him two to five weeks.

    Blake was hurt chasing a drop shot Thursday...
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    Geez, I feel horrible for James. He must of been goin ALL out for that drop shot... maybe sliding in the clay and lost his footing.
    I've never heard of such a serious tennis injury before... Maybe a sprained ankle, pulled muscle, or a served ball to the groin (ouch! sorry dad!) but this is truly an unfortunate injury.
    Hope James is back on tour soon....
     
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  2. @wright

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    Geez, that really is too bad. I hope his recovery will be swift. That hurts just thinking about it.
     
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  3. Feña14

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    Yeah we all want James Blake back soon, especially after an injury like that.

    I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

    Liam
     
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  4. tennis*bill

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    Yeah, that's really weird and unfortunate. I'm not sure if I would wanna see how that happened. Hope he recovers quickly.
     
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  5. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Hopefully, he'll have a full recovery. When I read the title, I thought he was injured in a way that he would be paralyzed.
     
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  6. david aames

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    Sounds bad esp knowing that he has to keep a pretty bad scoliosis under control already...
     
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  7. MARK ANDERS

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    On the plus side, he could kick ass on the wheelchair circuit! Just kidding, I hope he has fast, complete recovery (I couldn't help myself)
     
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  8. Roforot

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    I've heard of players dislocating shoulders running into the net, this is the first time I've ever heard of anyone running into the netpost! 6 weeks puts him into the U.S. open though if he can get his form back.
     
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  9. fastdunn

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    There was a big fuss when a kid accidentally shut down
    all court lights during night hours in a local private club.
    Some members were furious about the possibility of serious
    injuries due to this sudden outages without prior notice.
    Some of them brought up things like possible neck and spine
    injuries that lead to death. They ended up making the teenager kids crying and
    the club manager came out apologized for not instructing
    their worker properly and so on... I thought they went too
    far about the accident but I guess it is indeed possible....
     
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  10. i.Radical

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    How exactly did he injure his head/spine by running into the post?
     
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  11. bravestennis

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    i think he was playing on clay, adn kinda just slid into it. From his quotes, it doesn't seem to be too bad, will be sore for a while but should be back before the U.S. Open. I think he should take the french and possibly Wimbolton off, those are some pritty nasty injuries and he won't be up to the pro level. take the next month off and come back ready to play... and not on clay.
     
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  12. Datacipher

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    Well there have been far worse injuries in the history of tennis, like Chesnokov or the linesman killed ater getting hit by an Edberg serve. But fortunately it is extremely rare. I saw footage of Luke Jenson sliding head first into the net post area on clay once. All due sympathy to Blake, that sucks.
     
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    Oucchheee, If I was the one who hit the serve then I would be traumatised for life.

    How did Edberg cope!

    Liam
     
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    Wow, after a HUGE fire, lack of spectators, James' head and spine injuries,and early elimination of or lack of top stars this Can't be considered the most sucessful Rome tournament. Good luck James, our prayers are with you.
     
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  17. Roforot

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    Somewhere in the world, a conspiracy must be made to explain all this...
     
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  18. Free_Martha

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    What an awful freak accident for Blake!

    Rome has been a cursed tournament since Day One.
     
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  19. Datacipher

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    You know I often wondered that myself. Not that he is to blame in any way. I've never heard him speak of it nor anyone ask him of it. Guess it's obviously a touchy subject. You can't really say "hey remember that guy you killed with a serve?"

    Just so you know I did not make this up:
    "Note: The freakiest fatality occurred on the tennis court. At the Junior Boys’ Final of the 1983 U.S. Open, linesman Richard Wertheim was hit in the groin by a serve from eventual champion Stefan Edberg. Wertheim toppled backward, hitting his head on the court. He died in the hospital five days later of a subdural hematoma."

    http://www.maximonline.com/sports/articles/article_4043.html
     
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  21. pound cat

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    James on his injury...to-day google sports news James on his injury "I'm still a little sore but feeling much better. I am doing fine and was pleased to hear positive news today from the doctors who are treating me here in Rome," Blake said. "There was no neurological damage and all reports indicate that I will be back on the court soon. I feel pretty lucky. It's probably a good thing I went to see the pope!"

    Nice sense of humour.
     
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  22. champ2087

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    ya, i kid on my high school tennis team almost did the same thing. He was running for a drop shot, and couldnt stop in time, so he ran into the net, and flipped over it. I thought it was really funny, cause he didnt get hurt seriously, but i feel really bad for blake...
     
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  23. Wow sounds pretty bad. I usally have a strong stomach but seeing someone sprain their ankle where their foot makes a right-angle with their leg as they stop after chasing a dropshot is also horrible. Becker's wrist injury was pretty severe.
     
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  24. Bhagi Katbamna

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    That's why Edberg started hitting kick serves.
     
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    Be glad you never saw Chesnokov. Worst and clearest sports accident I remember seeing.
     
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    Be glad you didn't see Chesnokov. It was ugly and clear. His entire leg folded up under him resulting in multiple fractures from the ankle all the way up to the hip. UGLY!
     
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  27. andreh

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    Speaking of injuries and Edberg, he had to default in the 1989 AO (to Muster in the Semi) because he took a bad step after hitting a serve. It paralyzed him from the waiste down for a few hours and took him out of play for quite a while.
     
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