Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tursunov remains sidelined with foot injury

Dmitry Tursunov, shown at Indian Wells in 2013, has been out
for almost six months with plantar fasciitis. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Dmitry Tursunov, sidelined for almost six months with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, remains out indefinitely.
   "I started hitting for a little bit in the middle of January, and it seems like I'm not in pain," the 32-year-old Russian, who trains in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay, wrote in an e-mail this week. "But there is quite a long road ahead just to get back into shape, so at the moment, there are no projected tournaments. I'm not sure if I'll get the pain back once the workload increases."
   With his usual sarcastic sense of humor, Tursunov added, "That's about all the excitement I have for you."
   Tursunov has played only one tournament since falling in the first round of Wimbledon last year to nemesis Denis Istomin. In the opening round of the U.S. Open, Tursunov lost to Alejandro Gonzalez of Colombia 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
   Ranked No. 30 last July, the injury-prone Tursunov has tumbled to No. 140. His best year was 2006, when he reached a career-high No. 20 and helped Russia win its second and last Davis Cup title.
   The good news for Tursunov is that if and when he returns to competition, he will have few points to defend and the exotic car enthusiast has a lot of miles left on him because of repeated layoffs.

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