Tennis Today: Surgeon fears Andy Murray could face ‘catastrophic consequences’
In Tennis Today, Andy Murray has his parade rained on by a party-pooping Swiss surgeon, and Stan Wawrinka explains his absence from the ATP Cup line-up.
What’s on the site
It turns out the fears that the Davis Cup would fail to attract the star names in its new format were completely unfounded.
The teams have (mostly) been announced for the finals, and Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Daniil Medvedev, and many more have ensured it will absolutely be a star-studded affair.
Murray has also shone some light on just how incredible it is that he is on a tennis court at all, never mind going toe-to-toe with elite players on them.
The former world number one has revealed the sheer will that was needed to get over the hip surgery, particularly at the start.
But, on the plus side, Roger Federer is very happy for him, and we’d probably give a hip for him to be happy for us too, so there is that.
Speaking of injuries ad surgery, Kei Nishikori is set to go under the knife so don’t expect to see him in action again this season.
What’s in the news
If you were sick of all the positivity surrounding Andy Murray right now, then the Swiss have you covered.
Murray won the European Open last week and will ow turn his attention to being fully ready for next season, starting with the Australian Open in January.
However, he has been warned by a top surgeon that he is risking ‘catastrophic consequences’ to his body by continuing to pursue his tennis career after hip resurfacing surgery.
“To be honest: I would not have thought such a thing possible,” Rudiger told Swiss newspaper Blick.
“For me it was a mission impossible to reach such a level with an artificial hip again. But Murray is also taking a high risk.
“The operation is known as ‘Birmingham Hip Resurfacing’. In the implanted prosthesis, two metal surfaces rub against each other.
“Ten years ago, this method was already used in Switzerland – often with catastrophic consequences.
“The hips had to be replaced much faster than with the conventional surgeries – such procedures damage the body sustainably.
“The stop-and-go movements are extremely damaging, the more so at the professional level.
“It comes to the fact that the abrasion of the plates can lead to cobalt poisoning in the blood.
“The bones can be attacked, also nerve and visual damage are possible.
“I actually got requests for ‘Birmingham Hip Resurfacing’ interventions.
“But I do not use this method on principle, and I do not recommend it to anyone.”
In other news, Stan Wawrinka has explained that the reason he can’t be part of Switzerland’s ATP Cup team is because he is contracted to play in Doha instead.
What’s on social media
An incredible thread about Roger Federer’s 1,500 career-matches milestone… in French, but you don’t need to speak French to understand.
— Jeu, Set et Maths (@JeuSetMaths) October 21, 2019
Congratulations to John Isner and family…
Anyone else worried that Sloane Stephens is working too hard? No, didn’t think so. Nice socks, though…
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And Daniil Medvedev definitely looks like he’s making the most of his downtime…
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