Robredo Set For Comeback In Metz
Spaniard returning from six-month lay-off
The 34-year-old Robredo last competed on the ATP World Tour in February at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, where he fell to Novak Djokovic in the first round. Since then, the Spaniard has endured a tough spell away from the court after having surgery.
"It's been hard," Robredo told ATPWorldTour.com. "Firstly having to make the decision to have surgery, because after Dubai I had a tear in the tendon and I tried to avoid the operating theatre. I spent some time doing rehabilitation, but after a month and a half, we saw that it hadn't mended at all so we opted for the surgery."
After first detecting the injury in Dubai, Robredo initially hoped to return in April at the Barcelona Open BancSabadell. But the doctors confirmed that surgery would be the best way to get back on the court. As such, there followed a lengthy stretch of recuperation and rehabilitation.
"Technically it's been four months of recuperation," said Robredo. “The first two months were hard because you have to come to terms with not training or competing. The third and fourth months, when you know you're getting close, are when you put your foot down a bit. You're excited to get back."
Robredo’s 19 years of experience as a professional, the team he has around him and the people closest to him have been an important part of his recuperation. "The dream of coming back has always been there, working day after day with my team, with the physio, with my coach. It all helps,” said Robredo. “It's all gone well. Also being at home with my family, with my friends, with my girlfriend has meant my return has been faster and more enjoyable.
The Spaniard, who has received a wild card into the Moselle Open, where he lifted the trophy in 2007 (d. Murray), made a tentative comeback on the ATP Challenger Tour last week in Genova. “I was really looking forward to playing again. Now in Metz, I think I will play better."
After playing just six matches so far in 2016, Robredo is keen for as much court time as he can get as the season draws to a close in the coming weeks. "The goal is to play as many matches as possible so that my arm improves and I can start 2017 in top form,” said the Spaniard.
"There are going to be some difficult months ahead because having to start playing with pain is annoying and it isn't easy. The goal is to get back to 100 per cent next year and give my all to see if we can have another great run, another great comeback and get back to where I really want to be on the ATP World Tour."