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Baker recovering after illness

Jamie Baker
Baker had been having a good year until the illness struck

Britain's number two tennis player Jamie Baker is recovering after contracting a life-threatening illness at a training camp in the US.

The 21-year-old spent three days in intensive care after contracting a blood disorder which raises the risk of severe internal and external bleeding.

He should make a full recovery but is unlikely to be fit for Wimbledon.

"He loves tennis enough to get himself back fit and healthy," his Davis Cup team-mate Andy Murray told The Herald.

The British number one's brother Jamie Murray added: "I think he feels quite fortunate really to still be alive.

"It seems weird to be saying those sort of things. I mean, he's an athlete. He's healthy. He takes care of himself and, bang, he could have died."

Max the husky

The illness will come as a major setback to the Loughborough-based Scot, who is currently ranked at 241 in the world after peaking at 211 last November.

Earlier this year he made a big breakthrough when he reached the first round of the Australian Open, and he played in Great Britain's Davis Cup match against Argentina.

see also
Baker wins through in Melbourne
12 Jan 08 |  Tennis

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