Nadal, Del Potro, Sharapova: the bloody injuries of the most famous tennis stars

Many tennis players faced serious injuries that affected their careers

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Nadal, Del Potro, Sharapova: the bloody injuries of the most famous tennis stars
© Daniel Pockett / Stringer Getty Images Sport

Tennis is an extremely competitive sport that requires agility, speed and strength. However, as in any other sport, injuries can happen and be an obstacle on the road to success. Over the years, many tennis stars have faced serious injuries that have affected their careers.

In this article, we will explore some of the worst injuries in tennis history. One of the most well-known injuries is the one suffered by Rafael Nadal in 2012. After reaching the top of the world rankings, Nadal had to deal with a serious knee problem.

The injury prevented him from participating in several major tournaments, including Wimbledon, putting a strain on his career. Despite this, Nadal showed extraordinary determination to return to the court and continued to play at a very high level.

In 2023, Nadal suffered another serious injury to his psoas muscle, at the Australian Open. This injury forced the Spaniard to miss the entire season and plan to return for 2024, in what could be his last season among professionals.

Another significant injury occurred in 2009, when talented Belgian player Kim Clijsters suffered a serious wrist injury. This injury forced her off the field for more than two years. However, her tenacity and dedication helped her return in 2009, winning her second US Open after her hiatus.

An equally significant injury is that of Juan Martín del Potro. In 2010, del Potro suffered a wrist injury that required surgery. This injury prevented him from participating in several major tournaments for several years.

However, del Potro showed incredible resilience by returning to the tennis scene and winning his first Grand Slam title in 2009 at the US Open. Subsequently, between 2019 and 2022, the Argentine tennis player underwent several knee surgeries, which decreed his possible retirement from tennis, although in 2024, he could return for a final appearance on the ATP Tour.

The bloody injuries of the most famous tennis stars

Another injury that has affected a tennis star is that of Maria Sharapova. In 2008, Sharapova suffered a serious shoulder injury that forced her to undergo surgery. This injury kept her off the field for a long period of time and affected her career.

Despite this, Sharapova demonstrated strong determination and continued to compete at the highest level. Roger Federer's back injury in 2016 also deserves mention. Despite the months of stoppage and rehabilitation, the Swiss Maestro was able to return to winning three Slams between 2017 and 2018, even returning world no.1 for a few weeks.

Finally, we cannot forget the injury that struck young Canadian talent Bianca Andreescu in 2019. After winning her first Grand Slam title at the US Open, Andreescu suffered a knee injury that kept her off the court for most of the following season.

This injury demonstrated how important workload management and training planning are to avoid injuries. In conclusion, tennis injuries can be very devastating to athletes' careers, putting them away from the court for long periods of time.

However, what distinguishes true stars from ordinary ones is their resilience and willingness to come back stronger than before. Many of these players have shown extraordinary determination to return and continue to compete at the highest level, proving a great inspiration to all tennis fans around the world.