Petra Kvitova’s return to tour has been an emotional and inspiring one. Attacked in her house in Czech Republic, Kvitova sustained massive hand injuries to her playing hand. Doctors feared that her career was done, but a determined Kvitova wasn’t bogged down by the horrific attack. She refused to live in the past, decided to take matters in her ‘hand’ and work towards coming back on court.
And while her initial plan was to make herself fully fit for Wimbledon 2017, her rehabilitation went so well, that she could actually take part in the 2017 Roland Garros.
The attack on Kvitova shook the tennis fraternity, as players and fans showered their love and condolences, urging Kvitova to take proper rest and come back on tour as a rejuvenated player.
Kvitova had to undergo surgery to repair all her tendons and nerves on her playing hand.
“The index finger was torn, she could not keep her little finger and the whole joint was hurt”, the surgeon Radek Kerble
This is how her hand looked before and after the surgery
The attacker had turned the knife towards Kvitova’s neck, and she tried to protect herself with her hand, injuring it in the process.
While she felt discomforted in her recent loss to Shuai Zhang in New Haven, Kvitova’s will to return back to tour after something so horrific is commendable in itself.