Petra Kvitova Speaks With Media Following Surgery

A knife-wielding intruder attacked Kvitova earlier this week. She addressed the media with the optimism and strength befitting a former Wimbledon champion.

Petra Kvitova, who was attacked in her home earlier this week, may have been robbed of – minimally – six months of the prime years of her career. However, the two-time Wimbledon champion made it clear that she is not going to sulk and get depressed over it. She spoke with the media recently and stated that she would not become a victim of the circumstances.

“While what has happened to me was very scary, I do not see myself as a victim,” Kvitova claimed in a statement. “I do not feel sorry for myself, and I will not look backwards” (qtd. in a WTA article/December 23rd).

That is a very powerful statement of optimism given that she has every right to feel sorry for herself or to consider herself a victim. This wasn’t a case of someone putting herself in a dangerous position only to suffer some kind of setback for it. Kvitova was in her apartment, confines that should be safe, and a man who posed as a maintenance worker was able to gain access to it. It was this man that attacked Kvitova with a knife, lacerating her left hand, her dominant one.

Kvitova’s doctors have spoken to the recovery time of the injuries to her hand. According to the WTA article “Following a surgery that repaired two nerves, Kvitova’s doctor recommended the two-time Wimbledon champion not resume training for at least six months, and can bear no weight in that hand at all for up to three.”

A likeness of the man who attacked Petra Kvitova.
A likeness of the man who attacked Petra Kvitova (Credit: Czech police).

The order to “bear no weight” in her left hand has to be taken to mean that she can’t even lift a racket for three months. The six-month timeline would mean that she could start training in mid-to-late June.

Historically, Kvitova’s best Grand Slam has been Wimbledon. In 2017, Wimbledon starts on July 3rd and perhaps it is possible that sheΒ could enter the tournament. However, if she played at Wimbledon she would be entering the tournament with minimal recent training and that would put her at a disadvantage to the field of entrants. Getting over an injury is one thing, but getting over rustiness is another. Unfortunately, while hoping for all the best in recovering I don’t think tennis fans can hope for Kvitova to be at her best until the late summer or fall of this upcoming season.

Shane Lambert