Anett Kontaveit has shared that her back issue will probably never be fully cured but she remains hopeful that at least she will be able to continue playing pain-free. Kontaveit, 27, ended her 2022 season a bit prematurely to address her back issue.
But at the start of the 2023 season, Kontaveit's back issues returned and it was negatively impacting her performance and results. "More precisely, my injury is the degenerative changes of the lumbar discs of the spine and irritation of the adductors of the left thigh due to previous trauma.
I am treating it with special exercises and physiotherapy, I am helped by [physiotherapists] Toms Zvonkovs and Lauri Ott. It's something that I probably won't be completely free of anymore. But it can (hopefully) be controlled well enough so that I can continue to play without pain," Kontaveit said in an email interview to Delfi and Eesti Päevaleh.
Kontaveit announced an injury break in February
After losing to Shelby Rogers in the Abu Dhabi round-of-16 in early February, Kontaveit announced her withdrawal from Doha and Dubai. In her message, Kontaveit confirmed that it was the same back injury that plagued her in 2022.
"Hii. Just wanna keep you guys posted. It has been a tough beginning for 2023. I have been feeling my back in most matches that I have played since October last year. I have been trying to help myself and get treatment and work out as much as possible but for some reason this thing has been coming back every time I play competitively.
So I’ve decided to take a few weeks, which unfortunately means I have to skip tournaments in Doha and Dubai. I am working with my team to help myself as much as I can and I really hope to be ready for IW and Miami in March.
Thank you for your continuous support," Kontaveit announced on her Instagram on February 13th. Kontaveit was hoping to be ready for Indian Wells but unfortunately it didn't happen. So far in 2023, Kontaveit is 2-4. It remains to be seen when will Kontaveit be able to play again.