A Faithful Reader, Andrew Kessler writes, “11 days ago I played an extra intense doubles game for about 45 minutes longer than usual. Nothing exceptional, but the next morning I felt stiffness behind my knee, and some instability causing me to favor the leg and limp without fully extending the leg.
I’ve never had any knee injury, and from my reading, I’m hoping this is just overuse of, perhaps popliteus tendon. I’m doing the RICE thing, and I see some improvement. But I want to be very conservative. Any advice from the tennis community?”
Andrew, fortunately, I have never had any knee problems; so no first-hand experience. I hope some others out there can help.
RULE QUESTION: Playing a doubles match on Wednesday, a short, wind-blown lob landed just over the corner of the net in my add court. When it bounced up, the wind kept blowing it back toward my opponents’ side. I had to step around the side of the net post to put the ball away (with my left foot actually across that imaginary line – but not within their court lines).
We all agreed I could actually come around the side of the net post, as long as I didn’t touch the net, post, or their sideline. AGREE?