Before the Christmas festivities begin, I wanted to play catch-up with what’s been happening during the off-season. Tuesday’s tennis news started on a high and ended on a real low. Firstly, many congratulations to Victoria Azarenka who gave birth to her first child today!
Sadly some not so nice news broke this morning; Petra Kvitova was attacked in her apartment, suffering injuries to her left hand.
Petra released a statement on all her social media accounts where she said she was ‘fortunate to be alive’.
More details about the situation emerged this afternoon from BBC Sport journalist, David Ornstein. Just terrible :-(.
After a long day, Petra’s team provided an update to say that despite the severity of the injury, the surgery went well.
It’s obviously going to be a long road back for Petra but her health is the most important thing right now. It sounds like things could have been much worse. I couldn’t concentrate in work today as Petra was in my thoughts. I’m wishing Petra a very speedy recovery and sending hugs to all her fans on this difficult day. It’s been lovely to see everyone rally around Petra, including the players, which I think shows how well respected and liked she is. In moments like this, Tennis Twitter is awesome.
Petra had just confirmed that she was pulling of the Hopman Cup due to the stress fracture in her foot. Lucie Hradecka will now step in for Team Czech Republic and pair up with Adam Pavlasek.
Some other notable mentions during this off-season and i’m trying really hard to find positive things to talk about… It’s been nice to see Lucie Safarova in off-season training having been ill this time last year. This pic of Lucie and Dasha (two of my favourites) was nice and also would suggest Lucie is sticking with Frantisek Cermak as coach.
I really enjoyed this podcast with Nicole Gibbs.
Madison Brengle on Instagram…
This was a fun video from the WTA.
If you didn’t see Sashka Oliynykova’s story which was recently being shared among Tennis Twitter, then i’d recommend taking a read of the link below. You can contribute to Sashka’s Indiegogo campaign HERE.
And finally, i’m sharing my favourite photos of the year on my new Instagram account with one every day up until the new season. Today was a no-brainer… thinking of you, Petra.