BERNARD Tomic will be sidelined for up to three months after scans revealed a mysterious but longstanding hip injury ruling him out of Australia's Davis Cup tie with France in a fortnight.
Tomic tried to delay surgery until after the January 31-February 2 tie, but was overruled by doctors. He will be operated on in the next week in Melbourne.
Tomic was jeered after retiring hurt one set into his first-round clash with Rafael Nadal last Tuesday, but further scans have confirmed the groin tear was related to his femoralacetabular impingement (FAI).
FAI is a condition affecting the hip joint in young and middle-aged adults, hindering agility and movement.
Dr Martin Clark said Tomic may have been hindered by FAI for up to a decade but expected him to make a full recovery in time for May's French Open.
..."It is remarkable that he has had the success he has had considering this hip condition. The good news is that it can be fixed with surgery with most athletes returning with superior agility and speed.
"It's a condition that a lot of people have.''
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Having had a look at this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femoral_acetabular_impingement
- it seems that people can have this abnormality of the hip and never know about it, but obviously it's going to show itself in people who play a lot of sport or who have an active lifestyle, which might explain why Lady Gaga had it (well-known sufferers are listed).
In fact it sounds a bit like Andy's bipartite patella, which went undiagnosed until he started feeling pain in his knee, and even then it took ages to find out what was wrong, but which, again, people can have without being aware of a problem unless they start doing some strenuous activity. BP though is not very common, and successful surgery cannot be guaranteed, whereas FAI is the opposite, and the prognosis for Tomic sounds excellent. Incidentally, neither condition is congenital but is due to lack of proper bone development in childhood.
I wonder though how far FAI has been responsible for some of Tomic's patchier performances?