Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 11/19/14

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Andrea Petkovic of Germany hits a backhand in her quarter final match against Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia during day five of the Brisbane International 2010 at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 7, 2010 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
By David Kane No matter a tennis fan’s complicated allegiances, the vast majority can agree that nobody wants to see a player in pain. Moreover, nobody wants to see an injured player before a new season has truly begin. Sadly, that was exactly what we were forced to witness this week; a mere hours into the 2013 season, the plucky but hapless Andrea Petkovic ruptured the meniscus in her right knee. At the Hopman Cup, an exhibition event in Perth, Australia, the part-time YouTube celebrity/full-time wit had barely finished the first set against up-and-coming Australian Ashleigh Barty when she had to retire in tears with what would be diagnosed as her third major injury in the space of a year. No stranger to the bench, Petkovic suffered a back injury that ended her Australian summer last January, and an ankle injury one tournament into her comeback that took her out of contention for another four months. All of this from a player who once suffered an ACL injury in 2008 that nearly ende...
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