I haven’t recovered completely - Interview05 february 2013, 16:51
Kazakhstan’s No.1 tennis player Mikhail Kukushkin, who has had two hip surgeries told about his rehabilitation.
The tennis professional said that initially he planned to undergo the surgeries earlier, but postponed them for the sake of the Davis Cup play-off:
"This is no secret. That is the same problem I've been having since January (2012) - my hip joint injury. I was supposed to have the surgery right after Spain in February, but that would have meant skipping the Davis Cup. So I sacrificed my personal ambitions, personal tournaments, to be fit and healthy on those particular three days, to play at my maximum capacity."
One of the best world surgeons operated Kukushkin in the United States in November - first one hip joint, then the second hip joint three weeks later. Both these surgeries were successful, even more successful than the doctors expected.
"Unfortunately my full restoration will take from three to six months," he said before the surgery. "But I hope I'll be able to play in February next year (2013)."
Mikhail Kukushkin. ©RIA Novosti
Kazakhstan Tennis Federation’s PM&R physician was doing a follow up rehabilitation course with Kukushkin to make sure everything went as planned. “Healing after such surgeries takes a lot of time. I have started training only several days ago, but these are not full training sessions yet. I only make several hits standing in one spot at the court, but I will start training more intensively soon,” Kazakhstan Tennis Federation cited him as saying in December 2012.
Kukushkin added that the most important thing for him was to recover before the Davis Cup in February in Astana. Kazakhstan national tennis team won over Austria’s team in the 1/8 finals of the world stage.
Kazakhstan tennis professional Mikhail Kukushkin. ©AFP
It was a tough and very important match and the Austrian team was a serious rival. Speaking before the match Kukushkin singled out Jurgen Melzer and Andreas Haider-Maureras as the best Austria’s tennis professionals and the toughest rivals for the Kazakhstan team. "But if we are well-prepared we will have high chances for victory," he said.
Kukushkin gained two lines in the January 14 ATP rating after his recovery before the Australian Open-2013.
But the Kazakhstan team captain Dias Doskarayev decided not to put Kukushkin against Malzer, probably not wishing to take the risk, because Jurgen Melzer flattened Mikhail Kukushkin 6:1, 6:1, 6:2 in mid January during his first Australian Open match in Melbourne.
Mikhail Kukushkin. Photo courtesy of gotennis.ru
"Yes, it was hard sitting there watching the events unfold throughout all the four matches. But the guys were good, they played excellently. I did my best to support my partners, especially since the victories didn't come easy. I am glad that we managed to overcome the serious opponent like Austria," Kukushkin told vesti.kz.
Although Kazakhstan's best tennis player Kukushkin did not take part in the match against Austria himself, the Kazakhstan team indeed was well-prepared.
Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev played against Jurgen Melzer on the third match day of the Davis Cup and won 4:6, 6:3, 6:4, 6:2.
Speaking about his plans for the year Kukushkin said he was going to play in the ATP tournaments in the United States after the Davis Cup. “It is vital for me to make a full recovery after an injury in 2013 and to regain my level,” he said.
Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin. ©AFP