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Jarrett
May 14th, 2003, 04:14 PM
ROME (AP) -- Monica Seles pulled out of her second-round match at the Italian Open on Wednesday because of a lingering foot injury.

Seles was using this $1.3 million tournament as a key clay-court tuneup for the French Open, which starts May 26.

``I can wake up three days from now and it can be nothing,'' Seles said. ``It very much comes and goes. I will try to do everything possible at least to try to play the French.''

Seles, seeded 10th, had lost the first set to Russia's Nadia Petrova 6-3 and was down 4-1 in the second when she signaled during the changeover she was stopping.

Seles missed several tournaments earlier this year because of her left foot. She described her injury as the preliminary stages of a stress fracture and is not planning on surgery.

``If it can get better, I'll take a little bit more time off,'' she said. ``If it's not, then I have to make a decision to stop.''

On Tuesday, Seles rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory against 46th-ranked Myriam Casanova and then pulled out of doubles.

Facing Petrova, Seles lost her serve in the first game of the match and then again early in the second set. She did not attempt to run down several of Petrova's shots.

:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

SerenaSlam
May 14th, 2003, 04:17 PM
not "stop" for good as in retire!

Stop playing, as in miss the French, they have put the words apart, seperating them, when in fact she probably said that all in 1 sentence. She plans on playing the french, but if the pain keeps coming, she may have to stop (as in with the French)

Kart
May 14th, 2003, 04:19 PM
:sad: but sensible by Monica.

Nothing is worth putting your health at risk.

Jarrett
May 14th, 2003, 04:20 PM
I hope you are right, but I think it can be read both ways.

Mase
May 14th, 2003, 04:24 PM
Do what you gotta do Monica......... We love you regardless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(But we hope its as in the French) :-)

SerenaSlam
May 14th, 2003, 04:25 PM
I hope you are right, but I think it can be read both ways.
its being read both ways, b/c they adjusted the article to be read both ways. You have to understand, that they are getting these quotes from Transcripts. Its not like Monica is 1 talking about the French, and now all of a sudden (after she has said to stop the talks of retirement) she is going to mention retirement. If that was the case, i think the title of that article would've more so been, Bad foot may force Seles out for good, bad foot forces seles to reitre from match, and maybe career.

But its not said like that. They have just set the article up like this to make us wonder. :rolleyes:

Dava
May 14th, 2003, 04:29 PM
I just hope she can keep it going, just a little but more, but who knows.

Havok
May 14th, 2003, 04:31 PM
well at least she has her head on straight and is gonna take a step back and make her foot heal properly instead of playing on a bummed foot. good for you Monica, and i'm hoping for a speedy and 100% recovery for you;)

Cariaoke
May 14th, 2003, 04:36 PM
Well, good. I'm glad she isn't in denial. I really wish her well and hope she's able to play pain-free very soon. :kiss:

Dawn Marie
May 14th, 2003, 05:54 PM
why doesn't she just have the surgery?

R&J
May 14th, 2003, 06:34 PM
why doesn't she just have the surgery?
She has said that she doesnt want to have to take that much time off (6 -7 months) to recover, and then try and make another comeback. But I agree - have the surgery - get completely healed, and then come back and fight your way back to the top 10 again.
But it's her choice - it just seems like she is hoping that the foot will get better without the surgery and she can still play this year - and not have to take more time off the tour.
But I really feel that if she wants a real go at winning another Grand Slam - its gonna have to be when she is totally health and fit. And playing on a foot that is hurting her - is not going to just heal up and be better all of a sudden. She cant put all of her eggs in one basket and say ~my foot better get better because I am not taking time off for surgery, but I still hope that I can win a Grand Slam even though my foot is causing me running problems~
I just hope that she wins BIG, 1 more time atleast - for her - she deserves it so much to end her career on a happy note. I wish that she would just have the surgery and come back determined for a HUGE run at next years Grand Slams.
I wish her all the best - and will be a MONICA SELES FAN NO MATTER WHAT SHE DECIDES TO DO. I WILL ALWAYS BE THERE ROOTING HER ON - WIN OR LOSE. Love you Monica:kiss:

Seles1
May 14th, 2003, 06:35 PM
why doesn't she just have the surgery?

Because the surgery would knock her out of the game for at least 9 months or maybe even a year. Thanks for clearing this subject up SerenaSlam because when I first read this post I thought she meant stop playing for good but now that you mention it you could tell that she was just talking about the French Open. Please Monica get better because this would be a disaster for you to leave the game on such a sad note. I believe if she takes the proper precautions, even if it means she misses a few grand slams, she will be able to play longer. I am at the point now where as a fan I just want to see her play regardless of her ranking.

GET WELL SOON MONICA AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH SOME GOOD HEALTH SO YOU CAN FINISH YOUR CAREER IN STYLE. :)

tennisIlove09
May 14th, 2003, 06:39 PM
poor Monica. I hope she gets better. I really wanted her to win one more Slam

BigB08822
May 14th, 2003, 06:39 PM
I wish Monica would do whatever to completely heal. Then she could make a decision when she is healed about coming back or not. It could really fuel her desire to have that one last great year on tour and she could do it and not worry about her foot.

If Monica could only get through one match here, I have no idea how in the world she expects to do well in the French, I would think she has no hopes of getting past the 3rd round with that injury.

Julian
May 14th, 2003, 07:00 PM
Please get better Monica!!! I don't want another veteran leaving..:sad:

CJ07
May 14th, 2003, 07:03 PM
I think Monica should just skip the French and maybe even Wimbledon and just be 100% for the hardcourt season

It did seem to be a bit early

but at the same time, the foot has to be up and down otherwise she never would have entered doubles

Oh Monica :sad: she has the worst luck

TomLovesMonica
May 14th, 2003, 07:06 PM
When I saw her match against Casanova yesterday I already saw there was something wrong and now this... :sad: I really hope Monica's foot will heal soon and that she can play some more years because she's one of the, if not THE most beloved female tennis player EVER and I think everybody would agree with me that it would be sad if Monica had to retire because of an injury instead of making it her own decision.

Do what's the best for you, Monica and get healthy soon! I love you no matter what! :hearts:

WhatTheDeuce
May 14th, 2003, 07:37 PM
MONICA!!! :sad::sad::sad: :fiery:

maccardel
May 14th, 2003, 07:51 PM
I say have the surgery and take the time off and make a final comeback. I don't want to see Seles end her career on a losing streak especially to players she won't normally lose to. If she do decide to retire, I wish she would give us all one more glimpse of her talent and courage.

Having a comeback/farewell tour, won't matter her ranking since she would get wildcards left and right. But if she has the surgery and then comes back and win a slam, then people would want to see her stay a little longer or players might call foul because of the wildcards.

Whatever the case.....get the surgery please!!!!!!!!!!

CondiLicious
May 14th, 2003, 09:15 PM
She should miss the French Open and Wimbledon and then come back in August and kick some ass... Like in 2001!

Of course I'm just sayin' that cos I'm not gonna be able to watch the French Open and Wimbledon this year and I don't wanna be stressin about missing my Monica.

CJ07
May 14th, 2003, 09:32 PM
Oh and I think Monica was referring to stop playing all together, in another article, thats what she seemed to mean

:sad:

Volcana
May 14th, 2003, 09:35 PM
cnnsi.com had these paragraphs in a different order, and included at least one VERY relevant quote that wasn't in Jarrett's version. When you read the missing quote, it's pretty clear she IS talking retirement, not just skipping RG.

ROME (AP) -- Monica Seles pulled out of her second-round match at the Italian Open on Wednesday due to a lingering foot injury.

Seles was using this US$1.3 million event as a key clay-court tuneup for the French Open, which starts May 26. She said she would still attempt to play the tournament in Paris.

The 10th-seeded American had lost the first set to Nadia Petrova 6-3 and was down 4-1 in the second against the Russian when she signaled on the changeover that she had had enough.

Seles missed several events earlier this year due to the injury in her left foot.

On Tuesday, she had to rally for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory against 46th-ranked Myriam Casanova and then pulled out of the doubles competition due to her injury.

"I can wake up three days from now and it can be nothing," Seles said. "It very much comes and goes. I will try to do everything possible at least to try to play the French."

Facing Petrova, Seles lost her serve in the first game of the match and then again early in the second set. She did not attempt to run down several of Petrova's shots.

Seles said other players have cured the problem -- which she described as the preliminary stages of a stress fracture -- through surgery. But that route was not in her plans.

"I just don't feel at this stage of my career I want to have surgery and be off nine months and come back to the world of tennis," the 29-year-old Seles said. "If it can get better, I'll take a little bit more time off. If it's not, then I have to make a decision to stop."

CondiLicious
May 14th, 2003, 09:50 PM
:sad:

Lisbeth
May 14th, 2003, 10:32 PM
:sad: poor Monica. Get well soon.

Despite the fact that it seems like she's been with us forever and a day, Monica's not very old. Maybe she should take the months off. Of course, I'm sure she has the very best advice without us tellinge her what to do! ;)

Dawn Marie
May 14th, 2003, 10:38 PM
Without a doubt she is thinking retirement!! I just don't understand her reasoning though. 9 months? I mean she is practically off that much anyway?? Monica still has the talent and game to get back up the ranks. I think she should stop trying to play on that foot and give it a go at the RG(sine it's so close) and then get the surgery so she can give it a go in 2004. If not then as much as I like Seles she may as well retire. Get the surgery...Monica..please.

CJ07
May 14th, 2003, 10:43 PM
also not only for tennis purposes but her overall health

I mean down the road, does she still want to be in pain?

maybe she just doesnt want to be in a hospital, stabbing memories, etc.

fammmmedspin
May 14th, 2003, 11:17 PM
:sad: This is very sad. I don't know if you guys/guyettes in the US saw the match but there was something very unusual about the way she just stopped playing - no trainer, no activity, she just decided to stop and the comentator noted that she looked strange . Lets hope she can get it better - one unrecovered foot injury retirement was one too many already this year. I don't like the "at least" in front of the French Open comment though or the comment about if it doesn't get better. Lets hope she has better luck than Martina.

maccardel
May 14th, 2003, 11:21 PM
I just read the article on cnnsi.com and realized that she is talking about retirement. I feel that she shouldn't worry about the time off cos in the long run, it'll be worth more and add an exclamation point to a career that was marred with tragedy. I think she should get the damn surgery and come back and play for two years only. Tell the whole world this is it. I would do anything for her to do this but only monica knows what is right for monica.

Didn't Lindsay and Chanda have surgery and came back in less than nine months and even better I imagine. Look at Chanda dismantling Serena in Los Angeles last year and how Lindsay can still make finals....that says a lot. Maybe Monica need to acknowledge this.

Why is Monica competing injured when the others know to defeat her is to run her around. Then the foot will be worse. I feel for her cos they are gonna run her ragged at Roland Garros since they all know she is having problems with her foot.

CJ07
May 14th, 2003, 11:24 PM
the problem w/ that is that Chanda and Lindsay are still relatively younge and their bodies are more cooperative

disposablehero
May 14th, 2003, 11:28 PM
not "stop" for good as in retire!

Stop playing, as in miss the French, they have put the words apart, seperating them, when in fact she probably said that all in 1 sentence. She plans on playing the french, but if the pain keeps coming, she may have to stop (as in with the French)

I disagree. I think she meant retire. She's only 29 though. Maybe what she needs to do is take the rest of this year off, not go to Australia, and skip the spring hardcourts. Come back in shape with 10 and half months rest on the foot for Charleston. If it's not healed by then, it won't heal. If it doesn't heal, the bigger accomplishments will be out of her reach.

Bright Red
May 14th, 2003, 11:32 PM
I think it's meant as not playing the French. We all know how hungry the media are for stories, and if Monica meant or even hinted at retiring, it would make headlines.

Dawn Marie
May 14th, 2003, 11:36 PM
disposable that is not a bad idea, but I say go on a try the French because I mean "Hey,yah never know what may happen". It's in next couple of weeks so why not go for it. ( I mean things can happen she could win it) If she withdraws she'll just have that much time to get the surgery.

I say Play the French then take off June-April. Come back 100%.. and in shape. I think this is her best option to win one last slam. She imho will be a threat then for RG!

disposablehero
May 14th, 2003, 11:39 PM
Dawn, I simply don't see the point. Monica's chances of even making the Final, much less winning, on 1 and a half matches practice with a foot that needs to hold out for 7 matches are simply too poor. There is no point in going on the way she has for the past 3 and a half years. She needs to fix it more than she needs to play right away. If she was 35, then maybe a couple months rest and take another shot at it would be the right strategy. But she's 29, she can shut it down for close to a year and still have 3-4 years left when she comes back.

Dawn Marie
May 14th, 2003, 11:43 PM
Bright Red, no no she is talking of retirement .. she is clearly talking about the stage of her career.

imho what she is really saying to us.. is that she doesn't want the surgery, cause 9 months is too long of a wait in her career stage and she may not have the desire to even come back after the 9 long months of rehabilitiation.

Ryan
May 14th, 2003, 11:45 PM
Monica :sad :sad: I hope she can play the French Open pain free, but I think she might pull out.

Dawn Marie
May 14th, 2003, 11:46 PM
Disposable I also think she should have surgery pronto.. but I mean the RG is only 2 weeks away. Why not try it and see how things go. You never know what may happen.. it's worth a shot. Being so close and all to RG. I mean seeds can fall and Monica could win it... you never know. two weeks aren;t really going to hamper anything and she's played on that foot so many times before. Why not give it one more RG shot before 2004?

Bright Red
May 14th, 2003, 11:48 PM
Bright Red, no no she is talking of retirement .. she is clearly talking about the stage of her career.

imho what she is really saying to us.. is that she doesn't want the surgery, cause 9 months is too long of a wait in her career stage and she may not have the desire to even come back after the 9 long months of rehabilitiation.

The way the article is written supports what you're saying. It talks about her being absent for three months this season and then she makes the quote. I really hope she doesn't, although she should keep her health first.

If it is the case that Monica is seriously considering retirement, then I'm very disappointed with the coverage of her decision. This is Monica Seles, we're talking about. It's a big deal.

disposablehero
May 14th, 2003, 11:51 PM
Well, if you think about it Dawn, she hasn't played very much on that foot lately. 5 matches in the past 3 months. I just don't see the point of playing on it when it is 70% and knocking it back to 25%. If she makes the Quarters, that is 5 matches right there. I just don't see any result less than loss in the Final being worth it, and making the Final is far too unlikely in her current condition. She played about 40 Slams now, without ever going out in the first round. It would be nice if she didn't start now just to prove how tough she is. We already know how tough she is, we don't need her to show us.

Dawn Marie
May 14th, 2003, 11:52 PM
Hmm maybe it's because she hasn't officially stated she was going to retire.. she is speaking in future tense . I mean she just had a let down.. so naturally she is also going through the motions a bit too. Personally maybe this match was a bit of a wake up call career wise? All I know is that I don't want to see Seles lose to lower ranked players due to that foot. I also don't want to see her retire either.

Kart
May 14th, 2003, 11:56 PM
She should not play the French open, she could do herself serious injury - and for what ? A few extra wins mean little in the grand scheme of things.

Surgery is not without its risks either it's worth mentioning - there are no guarantees that she will ever be pain free after.

Dawn Marie
May 14th, 2003, 11:57 PM
I know where you're coming from but the bottom line is that whether her foot is 25% or 70% she has to get the operation regardless. So why not take the risk and see how it goes at Roland Garros? She's taking the risk for so long that why wait 2 weeks before RG when she has played on it for so long? I say play it (cause stranger things have happened) then get the operation.

Brian Stewart
May 15th, 2003, 12:00 AM
This situation sounds similar to the problems Martina Navratilova had with her knees in the late 80's. The description is almost identical. It started as the occasional pain, which she treated by resting it more. (Notice the dramatic drop in tournaments from 1986 to 1987.) Then it got to where one week she was okay, the next she wasn't. Then it started getting that way within a week. One day okay, the next bad, then later in the week, okay again. She eventually got to the point where it was happening on almost a point-to-point basis. Finally, in November of 1990, after battling the problem for 4 years, she realized that she wasn't going to be able to perform at the level she wanted to consistently with this condition. So she withdraw from the year-end Championships, even surrendering the #2 ranking, and got the surgery.

Even though the damage was quite extensive, the nature of the surgery was such that Martina was able to come back sooner. Monica would be out for a good while longer. But she has to consider a few things.

1) It's not going to go away without the surgery.

2) While she's fighting the problem, she's not going to be able to bring her "A" game out on a consistent level. Thus, she's not going to be a major contender for the slams.

3) She's going to pile up more losses, and more substandard results.

4) If she doesn't get the surgery, this problem is going to drive her off the tour. And it won't be a pleasant drive. Does she really want to fade into the sunset on a wave of substandard performances?

5) She's going to wonder, years down the line, what if? What could she have done had she gotten the surgery, gotten fit, and made a final push?

Yes, she's going to be 30 by the time she returns to action. But this is 2003. 30 today is like 26 a decade or so ago. A 30 year old Monica who is healthy and fit could have at least 2-3 more seasons of elite tennis in her. And she could go out on her terms.

R&J
May 15th, 2003, 12:02 AM
I think we all agree actually, that she should just have the surgery and come back determined for a HUGE run at next years Grand Slams!!!! I hope someone around her, is telling her this.

faboozadoo15
May 15th, 2003, 12:14 AM
DIFFERENT ARTICLE with mention of some laser foot treatment that she is GOING to have. all you really need is the last 2 sentences. i only posted the whole article so it didnt appear i was making anything up.

ROME, May 14 (Reuters) - A recurring foot injury forced 10th seed Monica Seles to withdraw from the Rome Masters on Wednesday, while losing her second-round match against Russia's Nadia Petrova 6-3 4-1.

The American, who first experienced pain in her right foot arch a year ago and has already pulled out of tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston this year, now has a fight ahead of her to be fit for the French Open at the end of the month.

Seles never found her rhythm against the Russian, dropping serve in the opening game of the match and failing to come to grips with Petrova's speedy service to lose the first set in 28 minutes.

Petrova then took advantage of a series of unforced errors by her opponent to win 12 of the first 13 points in the second set and race to a 3-0 lead. Two games later, the 29-year-old threw in the towel.

"Yesterday I pulled out of the doubles competition because of the pain in my foot. I can't run to the level I need to run if I want to win a match," she told reporters.

"It would take six to nine months to completely get rid of it (the injury).

"(Anna) Kournikova had it and had an operation. It's a fairly serious problem. But at this stage in my career I frankly can't afford to take that length of time out."

Asked whether she would be ready to play at the French Open in Paris at the end of the month, Seles replied: "We'll just see how it goes in the next 10 days. It's a problem that comes and goes.

"I'm going to try a new treatment with a laser. I want to do everything possible to try to play the French (Open)."




anyone know anything about that?

CJ07
May 15th, 2003, 12:25 AM
DIFFERENT ARTICLE with mention of some laser foot treatment that she is GOING to have. all you really need is the last 2 sentences. i only posted the whole article so it didnt appear i was making anything up.

"Yesterday I pulled out of the doubles competition because of the pain in my foot. I can't run to the level I need to run if I want to win a match," she told reporters.

"It would take six to nine months to completely get rid of it (the injury).

"(Anna) Kournikova had it and had an operation. It's a fairly serious problem. But at this stage in my career I frankly can't afford to take that length of time out."

Asked whether she would be ready to play at the French Open in Paris at the end of the month, Seles replied: "We'll just see how it goes in the next 10 days. It's a problem that comes and goes.

"I'm going to try a new treatment with a laser. I want to do everything possible to try to play the French (Open)."




anyone know anything about that?

COMMON CONDITIONS - FOOT
STRESS FRACTURES
Q. What is a stress fracture?

A. A stress fracture is a break in the bone which can be caused from repetitive action or a sudden acute movement creating additional pressure on a bone. This condition can occur in any bone but is most commonly seen in the metatarsal bones of the foot. The patient usually does not remember a specific injury or trauma which occurs such as kicking of an object, dropping a heavy object on the foot, or a repetitive injury like starting a new exercise program

The patient usually states that they were doing their normal daily activities such as walking, participating in a sports activity, coming down off a step, squatting down to put something in a cabinet or putting all the pressure on one foot for a very short period of time. This additional stress and/or pressure on the bone creates a small crack in the cortex, which is the outermost lining of the bone.

Without the appropriate identification of this injury and without treatment, the stress fracture can progress on to a complete or overt fracture.

Q. What are the most common location of a stress fracture in the foot?

A. The most common location of a stress fracture in the foot is the second, third or fourth metatarsal.

Q. What are the symptoms of a stress fracture?

A.

1) sharp pain in the forefoot
2) discomfort while walking in or out of normal foot gear
3) swelling on the top of the foot
3) tenderness on pressure on the top of the foot


Q. What can cause a stress fracture?

A.

1) Adecrease in bone density (osteoporosis)
2) Other deformities on the foot such as bunion creates additional stress and pressure due to malposition of the bones
3) A flatfoot condition
4) Increase in activity
5) Obesity
6) A systemic disease


Q. What can be done for a stress fracture?

A. Initial treatment is to place the patient in a post operative shoe for stability, and to instructe the patient to keep his/her activity to a minimal. The patient is followed with radiographs to ensure consolidation of the fracture. If the stress fracture progresses and becomes a complete fracture the patient will need either a non-weight bearing cast or if the fracture is not in good position the patient might need surgical (Reduction) Re-ailment with application of a pin, screw, or plate if necessary.

There is new technology awaiting FDA approval for use the Ossatron to help heel stress fractures and non-unions of bones. The device is currently approved by the FDA for use in Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain syndrome) and there a currently studies ongoing for FDA approval in stress fractures. The machine uses extracorporal shock waves to stimulate healing in bones. This is a new exciting modality, ask your podiatrist about the Ossatrons and it's currently approved uses and possible uses in the near future.


Hope this helps

and im not trying to say Monica's obese but her lack of fitness isn't helping

faboozadoo15
May 15th, 2003, 12:34 AM
thanks for that.
i know what u meant by the obesity thing. even the harshest critics wouldn't go that far...

CJ07
May 15th, 2003, 12:36 AM
also maybe Monica isnt drinking enough Milk? :p :sad:

CondiLicious
May 15th, 2003, 12:48 AM
Monica is NOT obese! Sure for a top flight athlete she's a little big but OBESE? Jesus Christ! She's slim for a regular person! Why put it in bold if you didn't mean it? Obese and her slight problem with fitness are not even similar. And it is a slight problem.. I'm as skinny as anything and I couldn't last a 1 hour match let alone a 2+ hour one like she has.

CJ07
May 15th, 2003, 01:29 AM
my point was that weight contributes to stress fractures

everyones body is different. Monica used to be a tiny little thing, and while nature has taken its course, her bones may still have that fraigileness, you know?

ktwtennis
May 15th, 2003, 10:36 AM
Yeah, her weight certainly hasn't helped over six or seven years of playing professional tennis on those feet with more weight than what you need...

F-R-E-A-K
May 15th, 2003, 10:38 AM
Oh geeeze.. i dont think the weight would b a factor on what has happened to her feet/ankles.

Experimentee
May 15th, 2003, 03:12 PM
I hope she will get better soon whatever she chooses. The top ten isnt the same without her.

Jarrett
May 15th, 2003, 04:40 PM
So is she getting the treatment or not? Before Roland Garros? Is the laser thing "surgury" or just a treatment? Cause she said no surgury.

disposablehero
May 15th, 2003, 06:08 PM
DIFFERENT ARTICLE with mention of some laser foot treatment that she is GOING to have. all you really need is the last 2 sentences. i only posted the whole article so it didnt appear i was making anything up.

ROME, May 14 (Reuters) - A recurring foot injury forced 10th seed Monica Seles to withdraw from the Rome Masters on Wednesday, while losing her second-round match against Russia's Nadia Petrova 6-3 4-1.

The American, who first experienced pain in her right foot arch a year ago and has already pulled out of tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston this year, now has a fight ahead of her to be fit for the French Open at the end of the month.

Seles never found her rhythm against the Russian, dropping serve in the opening game of the match and failing to come to grips with Petrova's speedy service to lose the first set in 28 minutes.

Petrova then took advantage of a series of unforced errors by her opponent to win 12 of the first 13 points in the second set and race to a 3-0 lead. Two games later, the 29-year-old threw in the towel.

"Yesterday I pulled out of the doubles competition because of the pain in my foot. I can't run to the level I need to run if I want to win a match," she told reporters.

"It would take six to nine months to completely get rid of it (the injury).

"(Anna) Kournikova had it and had an operation. It's a fairly serious problem. But at this stage in my career I frankly can't afford to take that length of time out."

Asked whether she would be ready to play at the French Open in Paris at the end of the month, Seles replied: "We'll just see how it goes in the next 10 days. It's a problem that comes and goes.

"I'm going to try a new treatment with a laser. I want to do everything possible to try to play the French (Open)."




anyone know anything about that?

Thanks. It's good to know that Monica is trying to focus more on making this thing go away.

disposablehero
May 15th, 2003, 06:10 PM
Oh geeeze.. i dont think the weight would b a factor on what has happened to her feet/ankles.

It's a factor. 20 extra pounds times 100,000 steps is an extra 1000 tons impact on hard concrete.