BANGALORE, July 21: India’s Somdev Devvarman will arrive in London on Sunday for a week’s preparation on grass ahead of the Olympic tennis event which kicks-off at the All England Club on July 28.
Somdev, who has been out with a shoulder injury that needed to be operated upon, makes a return to competition in the singles event in London for which he received a wildcard.
The 27-year-old Indian, who hasn’t played a competitive match in nine months, has seen his ranking plunge to 333.
“I’m eager to return to competition,” said Somdev, who can use his injury protected ranking of no. 85 for his first few tournaments. In a year (2011) in which he climbed to his career-best ranking of no.62 and was on the threshold of breaking into the game’s top-50, Somdev had to cut short a promising season due to problematic right shoulder. He was then forced to weigh the difficult option of surgery in an Olympic year.
An extended break followed by strengthening drills at his US-base in Austin didn’t help. In January, after pulling out of the Chennai Open, Somdev went under the knife for dual procedures - Acromio-clavicular (AC) joint and a tear of the Superior Labrum Antro Posterior. TNN