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.
“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