Molik to lend ear to advice
By Linda Pearce
October 28, 2005
ALICIA Molik will enlist public help in her career-threatening battle with the inner-ear virus vestibular neuronitis. Although the door on her tennis career may be closed for six to 12 months, the ailing Australian No. 1 remains open to suggestion from any source.
Molik arrived in Melbourne from Switzerland on Wednesday afternoon, a week after retiring from her aborted first-round match in Zurich. Her agent, Lisa Chaffey, said Molik would consult her Melbourne specialist and also was likely to travel to Sydney for further neurological advice.
Chaffey said public input would be welcomed in the search for a cure. Dr Mark Paine from the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital told The Age
this week that up to 25 per cent of vestibular neuronitis sufferers never fully recovered.
"Alicia's open to hearing from anyone who's had a similar illness or similar symptoms …" Chaffey said yesterday. "She wants to keep all options open …"
With her ranking already having tumbled 10 places to 23rd in the past week, Molik has written off the Australian summer, which was to have included the Hopman Cup as a lead-in to the Australian Open.
Lleyton Hewitt remains an unlikely starter for next week's Paris Masters, from which world No. 1 Roger Federer and his pursuer, Rafael Nadal, have withdrawn.