In recent news, Robin Soderling will not be defending his title at the Paris-Bercy Masters. He will be replaced in the draw by Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil. Due to mono, Soderling hasn’t been active since winning the Ski Star Swedish Open right after Wimbledon.
I’m of two minds about Soderling. I enjoy watching his game and I like that he plays aggressively. He brings excitement to his matches with top players. That and drama. Who can forget Nadal all but condemning Soderling to hell at Wimbledon in 2007? Or Fernando Gonzalez getting into a very heated argument with Soderling in Miami? Or Del Potro angrily shouting at Soderling at the Estoril Open this year? In good fun, he’s a player that I love to hate because he’s a fearsome opponent for everyone on the tour. Which is why I miss watching him play.
Soderling will lose all his points from his title in Paris last year, which may see him slip out of the top 10 (he’s currently no. 6) Hopefully, he’ll be ready to play at the start of 2012 and maintain the good form he’s been carrying for the past 2-3 years.
JMDP, uhm, has some extra time in Stockholm this week. Why not buy some flowers and visit your dimpled amigo in his convalescent state?