Molik to miss French Open with virus
Australian Alicia Molik has been ruled out of the French Open by a condition that affects her balance.
Molik has been unable to practice or play for the past month since she was surprisingly knocked out in the first round of the WTA Tour event at Amelia Island in the United States.
And doctors have now diagnosed the condition vestibular neuronitis, a virus that damages the inner ear and affects a person's balance as a direct result, with Molik's manager Lisa Chaffey saying she hopes to be able to resume in mid-June.
"At this stage, Alicia intends resuming at Eastbourne before Wimbledon (June 20-July 3)," Chaffey told The Advertiser. "But, unfortunately, she's had to withdraw today from Rome (Italia Masters) and Roland Garros. She's going to have to lay low."
"As frustrating as it is, it was just not going to be feasible for her to go to the French Open. Alicia hasn't been able to get out on the court and practise, and she's just been doing bits and pieces in the gym. With the vestibular neuronitis, as soon as she exerts herself, she suffers dizziness and it affects her balance."
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