DON’T FALL ON YOUR FACE!

Series of six casts, painted by Marcelo Lavallen, worn by Bud in the fall of 2011 .....

Series of six casts, painted by Marcelo Lavallen, worn by Bud in the fall of 2011 …..

I fell on my face.

 

This is not very smart, so I advise you: don’t fall on your face.  My tumble was in a New York hotel, and I advise you not to that either.  The injury, a ruptured quad tendon, occurred during last year’s U.S. Open, and was followed by 10 months in and out of New England Baptist Hospital, in and out of Sherrill House, a rehab facility and in and out of home. It took ten surgeries to fix a screwed up knee. More than you want to hear about.

 

I didn’t want to hear about it either, but a couple of days ago one of   my kindly surgeons, Shahe Fareshetian, took a (maybe) last poke, and

 

declared: “Go to New York! Go to the Open!   Fresh air will do you good.  But don’t try to enter.  You’re not ready for that yet.

 

His partner Sumon Nandi, agreed, saying, “ Take a cane and  a  body-guard.”

 

No worries there. The redoubtable “Jump Ball” Klaussen will be on hand to keep be upright.

 

I’ll miss Rafa Nadal, but at least he didn’t fall on his face.

I look forward to seeing tennis, friends, colleagues and fans. Even coping with rain delays. It will be good to get back.

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