After breaking getting right to the edge of top 30 in 2013, Vasek Pospisil is getting a bit of a harsh reality check in 2014.
The 23-year-old Canadian’s clay-court season is getting off to a fairly wretched start, after a quick first-round loss to the solid Roberto Bautista Agut in Monte Carlo and another first-round defeat to Romanian qualifier Adrian Ungur in Bucharest.
Then, after winning his first-round doubles match with partner Julian Knowle, Pospisil pulled out of his quarter-final doubles match Thursday.
Pospisil strained his hip during pre clay-court season training down in Bradenton, Fla., and so was almost completely bereft of match play before even getting to Monte Carlo.
In Bucharest, Pospisil suffered a “contracture” of the back. Which, in English, translates into a spasm. Or at the very least, some pain.
For a guy whose back took him out of a semi-final match in Chennai against Stanislas Wawrinka, and of a potential third-round rematch at the Australian Open (and cost him a few weeks after that), anything involving the word “back” is never a good thing.
Pospisil pulled out of the doubles basically for precautionary reasons, to not risk anything, coach Frédéric Fontang said. He also is out of Munich next week, but Fontang said that was decided before the back situation flared up.
Pospisil and Fontang will stay in Europe and keep working, preparing for the big Masters 1000 event in 10 days in Madrid. Pospisil told Open Court they’ve got to take it day by day; he said the only tournament this season where he was pain-free (or almost) was Miami.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint. But Pospisil probably could a lucky break or two right now.