Player withdrawals from the Australian Open

Blinkism

Legend
I see a lot of threads dedicated to individual players being injured at the moment and withdrawing from whatever tournament they are participating in this week and, ultimately, the 2010 Australian Open.

So, I figured let's merge it all into one thread?

Confirmed Withdrawals

Gilles Simon - knee injury

David Nalbandian - abdominals injuries

Paul-Henri Mathieu - groin injury

Kei Nishikori - elbow injury

Presumed Withdrawal

Juan Carlos Ferrero - ankle injury, retired during match in Auckland.
Status for the Australian Open: not officially withdrawn yet, looks pretty bad, though.

Stanislas Wawrinka - neck injuries, withdrew from Sydney.
Status for the Australian Open: presumably withdrawal, but it's not for sure.

Gael Monfils - shoulder injury, withrew from Sydney.
Status for the Australian Open: his plan is to recover to participate at the Aussie Open, but hasn't decided yet.

Status Unknown

Robin Soderling - shoulder injury (tendinitis), retired during match in Kooyong
Status for the Australian Open: will try to recover for the Australian Open, according to his own comments

Juan Martin Del Potro - wrist injury, withdrawal from semifinal match in Kooyong
Status for the Australian Open: no indications that he will withdraw from the Australian Open at all

Any others? Include nature of withdrawal and probable outlook for the Australian Open. They don't have to be seeded or anything.
 
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Serendipitous

Guest
Nadal withdraws because of a steroid injury. :shock:
 

Blinkism

Legend
Soderling injury concerns - retires from exhibition match

Soderling withdrew from his match at Kooyong.

I found this in an article that just came out 20 minutes ago

There is an injury cloud over French Open runner-up Robin Soderling ahead of next week's Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

The Swede, ranked No.8 in the world, pulled out of his match at the Kooyong Classic today complaining of a shoulder injury.

Soderling quit after his opponent, Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, took the first set 6-4, saying his shoulder had gradually become worse the more he served.
Source:http://www.theage.com.au/sport/tennis/cloud-over-french-open-finalist-20100114-m945.html

What do we make of this? Legitimate or a cop-out from the exhibition tournament?

EDIT: more on Soderling's potential injury.

From another article, posted 7 minutes ago, as I type this.

Soderling, playing a dead rubber against Ljubicic after losing to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Wednesday, spoke to a tournament physiotherapist after losing their first set and walked off the court.

The Swede, who was beaten by Roger Federer at the final of the French Open last year, said a tendonitis injury he had been troubled with since Wimbledon had flared up while playing.

Soderling said he would not play another match at Kooyong, however, and declined to talk about his chances of playing the Australian Open.

"100 percent I will try, you know, of course I will try. Hopefully it will work, but you never know this."

"I've had this a few times before, the last time was at Paris (Bercy, in early November)."

Soderling will hope his wrist heals on its own but will also be spending time with a physio in an effort to come good for Monday.

"Sometimes when I play a lot it comes back a little bit," he added of the tendinitis which has troubled him for the last six months off and on.

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I think this warrants a spot in the OP.
 
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Blinkism

Legend
Hmmmmmmmmm was he winning or losing
He was serving at 4-5, on serve, but just couldn't serve anymore due to shoulder pain. He got broken and called a trainer.

Then he retired.

He said he'll try his hardest to recover for the AO, though.
 

cork_screw

Hall of Fame
How is federer and his wrist? I'm sure if it's bothering him he won't admit it. He probably doesn't want to give the field a psychological advantage if he's ailing.
 

rafan

Hall of Fame
I see a lot of threads dedicated to individual players being injured at the moment and withdrawing from whatever tournament they are participating in this week and, ultimately, the 2010 Australian Open.

So, I figured let's merge it all into one thread?

I'll start it off

Robin Soderling - shoulder injury (tendinitis), retired during match in Kooyong
Status for the Australian Open: will try to recover for the Australian Open, according to his own comments

David Nalbandian - abdominals injuries, withdrew from Auckland.
Status for the Australian Open: officially withdrew from the main draw

Stanislas Wawrinka - neck injuries, withdrew from Sydney.
Status for the Australian Open: unknown, presumably withdrawal

Gael Monfils - shoulder injury, withrew from Sydney.
Status for the Australian Open: unknown, hopes to recover

Juan Carlos Ferrero - ankle injury, retired during match in Auckland.
Status for the Australian Open: unknown, looks pretty bad, though.

Paul-Henri Mathieu - groin injury
Status for the Australian Open: withdrawal. It's a groin injury!

Any others? Include nature of withdrawal and probable outlook for the Australian Open. They don't have to be seeded or anything.
Yes but when poor Nadal had to withdraw from injuries/exhaustion he was called a cheat/liar. Any of the ones listed was "genuinely" injured
 

joeri888

G.O.A.T.
Yes but when poor Nadal had to withdraw from injuries/exhaustion he was called a cheat/liar. Any of the ones listed was "genuinely" injured
When Nadal withdrew suddenly Wimbledon didn't 'count'. These guys are out, and show must go on...
What I'm trying to say is, when you are as big as Nadal, you'll have fans and haters.. you'll have people always talking about you in both too positive and too negative ways. As a fan, you better deal with that. Federer when sick, was called a cheater as well. Same goes for him and his fans.
 

rafan

Hall of Fame
When Nadal withdrew suddenly Wimbledon didn't 'count'. These guys are out, and show must go on...
What I'm trying to say is, when you are as big as Nadal, you'll have fans and haters.. you'll have people always talking about you in both too positive and too negative ways. As a fan, you better deal with that. Federer when sick, was called a cheater as well. Same goes for him and his fans.
Well then if anyone thinks that Federer or Nadal want to lose their spot in the world of tennis then they don't know much about the tennis world
 

namelessone

Legend
Noooooo! Why is this happening to all the people I want to see play!?!? It must be a conspiracy I tell you!
Well I don't know how many are really injured or how many got tired of that exo and just wanted to bail but the way I see it,more and more TOP tennis players are getting injured or burned out towards the end of the season. So basically they should either schedule really really well(a la federer) or the players council should try and convince the ATP to make the season shorter or to cut down the number of mandatory events.
 

Fedexeon

Hall of Fame
I think many are just withdrawing as an act of precaution. But I still think that the off-season is too short for these guys... They need to end the season at least 2 weeks early.
 

Blinkism

Legend
Del Potro has withdrawn from Kooyong, true, but it seems that it may be just an excuse to skip out playing any more matches there.

HOWEVER, he has a history of wrist tendinitis and he did cite, specifically, wrist problems as a reason to withdraw. Curious, as the last time we heard about his wrist problems he had lost first round in Tokyo, retired second round against Melzer in Shanghai, and then retired against Stepanek in Paris last fall.

Could be nothing, could be something.

I'm guessing, probably, it's nothing.
 
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reversef

Hall of Fame
Soderling's style is definitely hard for his shoulder and his elbow. He demands a lot from them. For Del Potro, I don't know. I still think about last year's end of the season. He was injured and when he played, he would have been good for the Challengers, if not the Futures. Suddenly, in the Masters Cup, only an on fire Davydenko could stop him. He chooses his moments to get injured with the spirit of an accountant. And he's only 21!
 

sdont

Legend
What about Simon? Any news? He withdrew from his prep tournaments because of his knee, and said he wasn't sure that he would come back soon enough for the AO.
 
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nikdom

Guest
Is Haas playing? Its not normal if he is - he's supposed to be out with some injury or the other so we can throw him a pity party.
 

pame

Hall of Fame
Just curious since I don't pretend to know much about coaching: is it possible to teach an economy-of-effort style like Fed's, or does that only happen if it comes naturally?

Wondering about it seeing the plethora of injuries - some definitely due to a long season and not enough rest, but some that keep getting different injuries, might be due to playing style and maybe a concerted effort can be made to teach "ergonomic" tennis to youngsters?
 

TheMusicLover

G.O.A.T.
Just curious since I don't pretend to know much about coaching: is it possible to teach an economy-of-effort style like Fed's, or does that only happen if it comes naturally?

Wondering about it seeing the plethora of injuries - some definitely due to a long season and not enough rest, but some that keep getting different injuries, might be due to playing style and maybe a concerted effort can be made to teach "ergonomic" tennis to youngsters?
If it were possible to teach this kind of 'ergonomic tennis' that Federer plays, I guess many more players would have picked up those lessons, if only to keep them from getting injured and ensure themselves a long and prosperous career.
The answer: nope, this can't just be 'taught' - it's Federer's outstanding amount of talent that enables him to play like he does.
 

reversef

Hall of Fame
Just curious since I don't pretend to know much about coaching: is it possible to teach an economy-of-effort style like Fed's, or does that only happen if it comes naturally?

Wondering about it seeing the plethora of injuries - some definitely due to a long season and not enough rest, but some that keep getting different injuries, might be due to playing style and maybe a concerted effort can be made to teach "ergonomic" tennis to youngsters?
Every style leads to different types of injuries. The legs, knees and feet are the problem of the players who run a lot and chase any ball, the big servers often have problems with their back or their shoulders. The only sure thing is that when you have many options like Federer, you put less pressure on each part because if a part of your body is not in great shape, you can play differently to preserve it. Anyway, a top player pushes his limits, which leads to injuries, of course.
 

Raffan

New User
Just curious since I don't pretend to know much about coaching: is it possible to teach an economy-of-effort style like Fed's, or does that only happen if it comes naturally?

Wondering about it seeing the plethora of injuries - some definitely due to a long season and not enough rest, but some that keep getting different injuries, might be due to playing style and maybe a concerted effort can be made to teach "ergonomic" tennis to youngsters?
Surely if all the players played like Federer it would lead to quite boring matches which just boiled down to mental strength in the end because they would all know what to expect from each other and how to deal with it. Isn't it the many varying styles of play which makes for interesting competition keeping both players and spectators on their toes?
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Simon withdrawing seems to have placed Ferrer in Fed's path (I don't exactly remember the prev version of the draw). Not necessarily something Fed might've wanted:-[
 

Badger

Semi-Pro
At this stage, if any of the "presumed" withdrawals confirm, what happens? Does a lucky loser take their spot or does their opponent get a bye?
 

chiapants226

Professional
well i saw wawrinka hitting with federer on margaret court arena and monfils hitting with nadal on rod laver arena yesterday and they both looked to be pretty untroubled by injuries. monfils looked good, he was having a dance around the courts before he started hitting with nadal =P

haha its good having staff access to places though, davydenko was looking good in his hit up with carlos moya too.
 

Badger

Semi-Pro
At this stage, if any of the "presumed" withdrawals confirm, what happens? Does a lucky loser take their spot or does their opponent get a bye?
 
Simon withdrawing seems to have placed Ferrer in Fed's path (I don't exactly remember the prev version of the draw). Not necessarily something Fed might've wanted:-[
Ferrer couldn't even beat Fed in Cincy when Fed was basically tanking the match, no chance Ferrer beats Fed in a slam.
 

malakas

Banned
well i saw wawrinka hitting with federer on margaret court arena and monfils hitting with nadal on rod laver arena yesterday and they both looked to be pretty untroubled by injuries. monfils looked good, he was having a dance around the courts before he started hitting with nadal =P

haha its good having staff access to places though, davydenko was looking good in his hit up with carlos moya too.
Thank you!Are you going to the charity doubles tomorrow?If you go,please give us reports and if you have pics too!:D Also your descriptions and comments and stories of the AO will be highly appreciated!Thanxxxx!!:D
 

West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
Simon withdrawing seems to have placed Ferrer in Fed's path (I don't exactly remember the prev version of the draw). Not necessarily something Fed might've wanted:-[
Ferrer would have to get by Bads to get to Fed. Given that Bags is playing well, I don't see that.

a LL I believe.
Correct. I'm not having any luck finding out who the person is. Trying to figure out how this affects my bracket picks.
 

malakas

Banned
it's between 3 players(the players who lost in the last round of qualifying).They draw a name by luck among those 3.
 
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