Melanie Oudin

October 27, 2019

October 27, 2019 “I started thinking about retirement around January 2017. It started with a torn muscle in my hand but that was only the beginning. I had gotten Mono and a horrible hamstring injury that sadly turned into hamstring tendinitis. I’ve done everything right to try and heal but it seemed like it wasn’t improving. I knew my body my would never be the same again. With continuous work I could get to a certain level but I needed my absolute best to get back to where I was. After extended time fighting back, I could tell 100% was impossible. It was mentally and physically exhausting and more draining than I could’ve imagine. Even though it was tough to admit, I could tell it was the right decision. The first truly damaging injury started in 2012, the end of the year, when I was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a rare muscle condition that releases toxins into your bloodstream. It then causes your organs to start failing. In 2013 I began to have had heart palpitations. I played for like a year and a half with them and didn’t know what it was and until we found out I had a

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