Monday August 10th, 2015

Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has been diagnosed with mononucleosis, the WTA announced on Monday.

Kvitova, currently ranked No. 4 in the world by the WTA, said at a press conference that she received the diagnosis just over a week ago. She has been told she is past the contagious stage and has been cleared to play in this week's Rogers Cup.

“I was just tested and probably I got the mono during the springtime this year,“ Kvitova​ said. “I still have a little bit of it. I'm still able to play. My doctor gave me permission to play. But of course I have to be worried about the practice and everything. I will try to be ready for the matches.”

A two-time Wimbledon winner, Kvitova followed up her 2014 title with a third-round exit at this year's Wimbledon. She also lost in the third round at the 2015 Australian Open and lost in the fourth round at the French Open.

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“It's tough when I'm looking back,” she said. “Many things are clearer now. But of course I'm not sure if I don't have mono that I'm going to play well. That's not something I can say. I still had chances to win anyway. Maybe I can just see why I felt tired.”

Kvitova is the No. 3 seed at the Rogers Cup. She has a first-round bye and will play either Elina Svitolina or Victoria Azarenka in the second round.

- Molly Geary

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