Clear those stray balls, kids

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What happened to Francesca Schiavone on the practice court is something that anyone who takes part in group clinics should be mindful of every time they step on the court.

Schiavone, in the middle of a practice session, failed to avoid a stray tennis ball and ended up rolling her ankle when she inadvertently stepped on it.

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The 37-year-old, who has entered enough tournaments early in 2018 to indicate she plans to continue playing, said on social media that nothing was broken, mercifully.

But she will have to stop for a month. – i.e., most of the offseason.

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