Robin Söderling was diagnosed with mononucleosis last summer and, it is still giving him a lot of trouble. He was not able to play in the Australian Open. He had planned to play this month in his first tournament since last July but says now he is not able to do so.
Last July saw him reach the No. 5 ranking, but these unfortunate troubles have caused him to drop to No. 21.
This is what the Swede said on his Facebook page:
I was hoping to be ready for tournaments in February but unfortunately I am not there yet. The good news is that the symptoms of the mono like sore throat and fever are gone, but for some reason my body still cannot handle intense training, I get very tired when I do something physical. I am working with my medical team to understand why and what the next step is.
If you are curious to know why people with the "kissing disease" should not play sports, it is because the spleen may become enlarged and could burst.
With the Rotterdam tournament starting, it makes me miss the Viking's wild facial expressions and boombastic tennis.
Get well soon, Robin!