Concern for weary Watson as British star is diagnosed with glandular fever
16:04 GMT, 3 April 2013
16:51 GMT, 3 April 2013
Heather Watson has been diagnosed with glandular fever.
Blood tests after the Sony Open in Miami revealed traces of the virus and Watson, who is set to be overtaken by Laura Robson as British No 1 next week, has been told to rest and recover.
Watson, 20, is at the tail end of the illness and is not expected to miss any of the summer tournaments.
Virus: Blood tests after the Miami Open last week showed British No.1 Heather Watson had Glandular Fever
Speaking to the LTA, Watson said: '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.'
She continued: '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.
Slowed: Watson admitted to feeling 'burnt out' following her first round exit to Ayumi Morita in Miami
'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.'
Watson crashed out to Alumina Morita in the first round in the Sony Open in Miami and admitted she was feeling 'burnt out.' She said she would take a break from tennis to recover, but changed her mind the following day.
Recovery: Watson, who will be replaced as British No.1 by Laura Robson next week, has been told to rest
Iain Bates, the LTA's 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.'