Heather Watson, Britain’s highest-ranked female tennis player, is recovering from glandular fever, the Lawn Tennis Association said.
“Blood tests in Miami revealed traces of the virus and doctors have indicated that Heather is at the tail-end of the fever, although there’s no news yet of how long a full recovery might take,” the LTA said in a statement on its website today.
Glandular fever mostly affects young adults, according to the website of the National Health Service. It can cause fatigue, a high temperature and a sore throat.
“I have been struggling with both training and playing matches and felt so tired and exhausted for months but now that the doctors have found the cause of this, it explains everything that has been happening to me physically and mentally,” Watson said. “I am actually relieved to know what is wrong so that I can get myself on the mend.”
Watson, who is ranked 40th on the women’s WTA tour, was knocked out of the opening round of tournaments in Miami and Indian Wells, California, last month. The 20-year-old, who moved to Florida to train at the Bollettieri Academy when she was 12 years old, became the first British woman to win a tour title since 1988 when she captured the Japan Open in October.