On Monday, June 25, Wimbledon, England will host more than 60 professional tennis players from both genders. Each has earned a seed based on their performance throughout the past year. Atop the ranks of the Men’s Singles should be no surprise: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray, all names that have been mentioned by the Brace Shop during the same period of months as a result of various injuries. Since everyone expects these four men to be at the front of the tournament, perhaps the other names on the list are of little consquence? Not so.
Both Djokovic and Nadal, who currently sit at Number 1 and Number 2, respectively, have, at one time or another, been ranked far below their competitors. And right now, anyone from David Ferrer (#7) to Mardy Fish (#10) to, yes, Andy Roddick (who surprisingly falls in at #30) has a chance to overtake the leaders. But for one man, the chance of earning glory at Wimbledon is all but finished for the year.
French Tennis Pro, Gael Monfils, withdrew from the tournament on Thursday as a result of a right knee injury. Monfils is one of the few black tennis players of notable mention, having a great deal of Caribbean heritage. He was also a runner up at the Paris Masters in 2009 and 2010 as well as a semifinalist during the 2008 French Open. His absence at Wimbledon leaves a hole for Argentinian star Juan Monaco to slide forward. For the Women’s Singles, Kaia Kanepi of Estonia and Andrea Petkovic of Germany have each withdrawn from Wimbledon for heel and ankle injuries.
As the competition heats up next week, more injuries are almost inevitable.
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