Robin Soderling determined to return to the ATP Tour despite battle with mononucleosis
Robin Soderling has revealed his determination to return to the ATP Tour despite his battle with mononucleosis.
Last Updated: 26/11/12 5:35pm
The former world No 4 has not played a competitive match for 18 months after being diagnosed with mononucleosis.
The two-time French Open finalist admits he may never win his fight against the fatigue virus, and that he has suffered a number of setbacks in his bid to resume his tennis career.
"The hope, the hopelessness, then the hope again, then the hopelessness - that really kills me," said the 28-year-old Swede.
"I feel really good, then I start to practice, and then I think maybe in a couple of months I can come back and I really believe it. Then I do a bit too much and wake up one morning not feeling well again.
"In the past couple of months I had my best weeks and days, which gives me the hope, but I get setbacks and feel worse again.
"Overall it's getting better but I'm not as desperate to come back any more tomorrow. I will give it a shot, but I learned to live with the thought that maybe it will not be possible. Whatever happens, I will feel I did all I could.
"I feel I have at least five more years in me. But I still have a lot of things to be thankful for. The illness could have happened when I was 18 or 20. I was 27. Up to now I've had a good career."