Robin Soderling - Tennis Star Retires after Glandular Fever in 2015

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Robin Soderling retires from tennis after battling glandular fever for four years

Sweden’s Robin Soderling, the player best known for being the first man to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open, has retired from professional tennis because of a long-running illness.
The 31-year-old, twice a runner-up at Roland Garros, had not played an ATP World Tour event since 2011 after contracting infectious mononucleosis, a viral illness also known as glandular fever.

“I’ve realised that I will not be healthy enough to be able to play tennis at the level I demand of myself,” Soderling told
“For that reason I have decided to end my career as a professional tennis player.”
“Thank you so much for all your kind words. So sad I won’t play professional tennis again, but reading all your messages makes me feel a lot better,” Soderling said later on his Twitter account.

Soderling spent 10 years on the Tour and rose to world number four. In 2009 he ended Nadal’s domination in Paris with a stunning victory in the fourth round, only to lose to Roger Federer in the final. Until Novak Djokovic defeated Nadal in the 2015 quarter-finals, Soderling was the only player to have beaten the Spaniard at Roland Garros.

Soderling, who won 10 career titles including the 2010 Paris Masters, returned to the final at Roland Garros in 2010, losing in straight sets to Nadal. He won the 2011 Swedish Open shortly before being diagnosed with glandular fever – meaning that the final, where he defeated David Ferrer, proved to be the last Tour match of his career.


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I wonder why at this point they still aren't calling it ME. Probably the stigma and the BS he'd have to put up with. Obviously he has a protracted case of glandular fever.

"Glandular fever is a type of viral infection that mostly affects young adults.

It is also known as infectious mononucleosis, or "mono".

Common symptoms include:

While the symptoms of glandular fever can be very unpleasant, most of them should pass within two to three weeks. Fatigue, however, can occasionally last several months."

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Poor sucks to get sick at any time, but must be especially heartbreaking at the top of your game. I wondered what had happened to him.

Tennis and all the travel must be really hard on the body. I think Federer had mono too not so long ago and Samantha Stosur had Lyme.

Ah, here's a list...lots of names, really.
That’s quite list, remy.

I often wonder what we’d see if we followed hard core athletes, like pros and the ultra-marathon crowd, into middle age. Would their incidence of ME be higher because of all the stressors?

I’ve yet to hear an ME patient say, “Yeah, I was a real couch potato before I got sick”. lol

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