Bethanie Mattek-Sands broke out in tears as she gave an update on her injury via a live broadcast on Facebook on Saturday when she revealed that she needs surgery after dislocating her patella and rupturing her patellar tendon in the terrible fall she suffered at Wimbledon on Thursday.
I just remember trying to take a step and my leg just not being able to hold me and I went down. I remember my knee feeling really tight and I took a look at it. Something looked so wrong about it. I knew it was either dislocated or broken and at that point I kind of freaked out. That’s probably when you guys heard me dropping f-bombs. It was that painful. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
The American lay on the grass screaming in agony on Court 17 after she slipped during her second round match against Romanian Sorana Cirstea.
Speaking for the first time since the fall, the 32-year-old American vowed to return to tennis.
“It’s obviously been an emotional and painful rollercoaster the last couple of days,” she said.
“I didn’t get the chance to comment on what happened because I was carried off the court and went right to the hospital.
“I know a lot of you have seen the video. I for obvious reasons haven’t, I hate watching sport injuries let alone myself.
“I was in the middle of my match and I was coming to the net and all I remember was hearing this loud pop and everything was slow after that.
“I just remember trying to take a step and my leg just not being able to hold me and I went down. I remember my knee feeling really tight and I took a look at it.
“Something looked so wrong about it. I knew it was either dislocated or broken and at that point I kind of freaked out. That’s probably when you guys heard me dropping f-bombs. It was that painful.”
Her husband Justin Sands and Cirstea both comforted the stricken player as she lay on the court waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
“I saw a picture afterwards of Justin on the court holding my face and he was telling me not to look at my leg.
“I remember Sorana coming over telling me it was going to be ok. I thought that was amazing because we’re all competitors on tour and yet in that moment Sorana was there as my friend.”
Mattek-Sands, who has won three women’s doubles Grand Slam titles, will go back to America for further tests.
“I’m heading to New York City tomorrow to see more doctors to see what’s really going on with the knee,’ she said.
“I dislocated my patella on the court – that’s what the pain was coming from – and I ruptured my patella tendon.
“I’m going to be needing surgery so I’ll be out for a while but I want to keep you guys updated because all your messages have been really inspiring and have meant a lot to me.
“I’ll get through this and I’ll be back out there.”