30 January 2008 09:21
Just a few years ago, if Denis Istomin had accepted the doctor’s verdict, he would never have picked up a tennis racket again. Yet, today, the 22-year-old finds his country’s Davis Cup hopes resting firmly on his slender shoulders. More than eighty stitches were required after a road accident in 2001 which damaged his hip and wrists, and the situation seemed bleak, yet clear. He did not play the game for two years after that, and yet, ’forever’ seemed a bit too harsh to believe.