Racquets: Farron-Mahon ruled out after recurrence of foot injury
TRISTAN Farron-Mahon has suffered a similar injury fate as Louk Sorensen after being ruled out until well into the New Year.
Davis Cup ace Sorensen is recovering from inflammation of the pelvic bone -- and after almost a year on the sidelines following shoulder surgery in October of last year, Farron-Mahon is facing yet another lengthy inactive spell after re-breaking a bone in his foot.
Farron-Mahon (23) initially damaged his foot prior to having a shoulder operation in Belgium last year and has now re-broken the same bone in training.
"It could be a few months into the New Year before I get back playing again," said the Dubliner, who had just resumed playing on the ITF Futures circuit when his latest injury mishap occurred.
Farron-Mahon had played one match in a recent tournament in Germany, but had to pull out of a similar world-ranking event in Austria the following week, after the trouble flared up in the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot.
"Initially, I broke the bone in my foot in Israel in September 2009 just before I did my shoulder," he said. "I didn't really pay too much attention to a sore foot, thinking it was only minor.
"But the bone never fully healed and I was having problems with it from the moment I started training again last April. Then an X-ray showed that it was a re-break on the same spot and this time the break is worse."
Meanwhile, Conor Niland figures on Andy Murray's website this week. The site carries a picture of the Irish No 1 shaking hands with Murray after one of the three practice sessions they had together last week in London.
And the Limerick man can also take considerable encouragement looking forward to his final three tournaments of the year after the quality of his performances during the first and second set in the Valencia Open last Saturday.
Although he was beaten by world No 87 Michael Russell in the qualifying section of the top-tier ATP Tour event, 155-ranked Niland pushed the American to a tie-break in the first set and he levelled at one set all in the second.
Russell won 7-6 (7/5) 2-6 6-2, but Niland's feat in holding his own against an opponent 68 places above him in the rankings for two sets, shows that he can compete favourably against top-100 players.