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(E) I would walk to Tibet if I knew that would help - Goran says
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  01/26/2003 | Sports | Unrated
(E) I would walk to Tibet if I knew that would help - Goran says
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I would walk to Tibet if I knew that wouldhelp

Desperate Ivanisevic asks God to ease shoulder pain
Reuters

ZAGREB: fter the briefest of returns to tennis this week, former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic is back in the pit of despair because of the pain in his shoulder. 
"I have never, ever been so lost, I haven't got a clue what to do. This is the worst I've ever felt in my whole career. There have been times when I lost all the matches I played, but I have never been so desperate," the Croatian said. 
On Tuesday, Ivanisevic - Wimbledon champion in 2001 - won his first match since shoulder surgery in May in a challenger tournament in Heilbronn, Germany. 
On Thursday, he had to withdraw in pain from his next match after losing the first four games. 
"The pain was incredible, I cannot compare it to anything," the 32-year-old told Croatian sports gazette Sportske Novosti on Friday. "My arm hurt, I could not serve, I could not hit a backhand or a volley, I could not do anything. "I keep telling myself God had taken me too literally when I asked him 'Please, please let me win Wimbledon and I need never have to play tennis again'." 
"Now I have to ask him to soften, I do want to play some more. I shall soon have a son and I would like him to see me play on the court, rather than just hear stories about me." 
In 2001 Ivanisevic became the first wildcard entry to win Wimbledon, beating Australian Pat Rafter in a dramatic final. The fiery Croat -- who had lost three previous Wimbledon finals -- said then his prayers to God had been answered.He is due to marry his girlfriend, Tatjana Dragovic, and have a baby son later this year. 

Before the pain returned, Ivanisevic had said he would play doubles for Croatia in their Davis Cup first round tie against the U.S. in February. 
"Davis Cup? I cannot think of anything at the moment, let alone Davis Cup. I might start thinking about it after a day or two but now I have no idea," he said. 
Ivanisevic said he would go to soccer club Bayern Munich for herbal injections that might help. 
"I am in such a bad condition that I would walk to Tibet if I knew that would help." 

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