Karlovic: 'Unbelievable' to come back from viral meningitis

by: Matt Cronin | July 11, 2013

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

Tags: Ivo Karlovic

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

AP Photo

Former Top-15 player Ivo Karlovic of Croatia discusses his spring battle with viral meningitis. Karlovic was rushed to a Miami hospital in April after experiencing numbness in his arm. Originally it was thought that he suffered a stroke.

“It is unbelievable. I didn’t really know that I would be back,” Karlovic said after his 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Vasek Pospisil in Newport. “Now it’s a really good feeling out there because I feel no stress. I feel like I’m not supposed to be here. It is like a bonus. I feel good.”

Karlovic said that it took him five days to recover from the numbness and 10 days to overcome the headaches. He didn’t play tennis for a month.

“Doctors didn’t know if I would recover 100 percent,” he said. “Virus in my head, and it was long, it was really long when I was out of conscious. I didn’t know my name. I didn’t know which year it was. It was a lot of pain. My right arm was numb, face, headaches, whatever. If I was like that a little but longer, I could have had more consequences.”
 

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

U.S. tops Czech Republic, advances to Fed Cup final

The Americans, reaching the final for the first time in seven years, will play Belarus.

La Decimation: How Rafael Nadal got to 10 titles in Monte Carlo

When it comes to the clay, a consistent approach to the game—and life—sets him apart.

Cirstea angered by Konta reaction; LTA seeks sanctions against Nastase

The Romanian said stopping play wasn't the right call and questioned the Brits' toughness.