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Heather Watson has been ordered to rest and recover after doctors diagnosed that the British No.1 has been suffering from Glandular Fever.
Blood tests in Miami revealed traces of the virus and doctors have indicated that Heather is at the tail-end of the fever, although there’s no news yet of how long a full recovery might take.
Heather said of the illness: "I had to do some blood tests after Miami and the results have shown that I have traces of Glandular Fever (mono) in my system. There is no prescription for this other than complete rest but the good news is that the doctors have told me I am at the tail end of the fever. This means I have been trying to compete through the symptoms for some time.
"I have been struggling with both training and playing matches and felt so tired and exhausted for months but now that the doctors have found the cause of this, it explains everything that has been happening to me physically and mentally. I am actually relieved to know what is wrong so that I can get myself on the mend.
"I hope to recover as soon as possible by resting my body and getting lots of sleep. I already feel better from being at home for a week, and am looking forward to getting back on Tour soon."
Iain Bates, LTA Head of Women’s Tennis, said: "First of all, get well soon, Heather, from the whole team. We all know she’ll bounce back better than ever. Heather’s focus will be on her recovery, and we will do whatever we can to support Heather and help that process."