I’m writing this post as the dad of a young 12 year old tennis player. My son, Quentin, was ranked Top 5 in Florida and was doing pretty well.
In April, May and June of 2019 he played good tennis, but was certainly not winning all the time. It’s also healthier for young tennis players, if they do not win more than 60 to 70% of their matches.
Quentin was normally practicing twice a day. Two hours with his coach and most of the time another 2 to 3 hours with other tennis players. Once a week he was doing match play in a very good group with some other very good kids from Florida, often several other Florida Top 10 players.
One evening in April while participating in the above mentioned match play, Quentin was complaining about his legs getting weak and heavy. I did not take this seriously, because he already played 4.5 hours when it happened. So I told him, that it’s okay to be exhausted after so much tennis. He actually didn’t want to go home anyway.
In the next two months he was complaining about the same symptoms maybe 4 more times. He was also visibly growing. So I thought, nothing to be concerned about.
In July of 2019 he played the National Clay Court Championships and did well. When we came back home from the tournament, he did his regular practice with his coach and also played matches with other kids.
Suddenly and without any obvious warning signs he developed severe knee pain, but unfortunately this can happen when you practice that much.
Then something occurred which had never happened before!
Quentin is playing tennis almost since he was 3 years old. He never ever didn’t want to practice. I never ever had to push him in any way. Sounds unbelievable, but is 100% true.
His coach, Marin, who is now with him for more than 4 years and is like a family member, called me that he has to bring him home. Marin said that he is so exhausted, like he has never seen him before. Quentin didn’t want to go home, but the coach said that there is no chance to practice.
The next day Quentin said he is fine again – and practiced again.
Two or three days later Quentin almost fainted at home, right after practice. Now we were really concerned. We went to a pediatrician and a cardiologist. We did blood work and EKG and found almost nothing, except that his inflammation markers (A/G ratio) were high, but the pediatrician told us, that this can be just a regular infection and will likely be better soon.
We let him stay home for some days and he actually got better again.
Also his knee pain was improving. After a few days of restarted practice, he begged me desperately to go to the National Hard Court Championships.
We drove to the tournament, which was an 11 hour ride. Unfortunately he could only and barely finish one match against one player, who later reached the semi finals. Because of severe knee pain Quentin actually had to forfeit and we drove 11 hours back home…
We decided that it would better for him to stay home and rest for a few more days.
At the end of the week he got additionally a HEP A vaccination.
He was still resting at home, but wanted to practice badly. So on a Monday I’ll let him do serves – and he looked like a very old man in the body of a 12 year old!
He could not even toss a ball and was devastated about it. He didn’t understand how he could be so exhausted. Quentin is normally a kid who would never give up, but he just couldn’t toss a really not that heavy tennis ball.
His symptoms got more severe over the next two months – and the doctors could not find anything.
Quentin developed pain all over his body. Knee, shoulder, joints, legs, chest, muscles – everything was hurting. He also was so exhausted, he could sometimes not do more than a few steps on the tennis court – while he wanted to play no matter what.
We did a lot of blood work and also went to a neurologist, but so far we just found nothing. My wife and I had many, many sleepless nights because I had no clue of what was going on. It could be cancer or a brain tumor or an unheard virus… As a parent you know those thoughts, especially when your kid is suddenly behaving like a switched off robot.
Before his illness started, he was a very fit young athlete and in a matter of weeks he turned into a very weak, easily exhausted, fatigued kid with pain all over his body. He himself still wanted to play tennis every day, but it wasn’t tennis anymore. I’ll let him still practice, sometimes only for a few minutes.
He was then standing (without moving) on the court and Marin was just feeding him balls, so that he could hit a little.
His upper body was still doing okay, while his lower body was not usable.
For me it was almost impossible to watch, because it was so sad to see him like this!!
A kid, who loves tennis so much, that he even wanted to play tennis with a lot of pain in his body, was standing still on the court, trying so hard to still hit, with completely exhausted legs and a lot of pain.
I know that you can argue, why we didn’t tell him to stay home more and possibly recover.
I decided to do otherwise, because I felt that staying at home for weeks and months, without even having the opportunity to do something he loves the most, would not have been a good remedy or medicine – especially for him.
Additionally Quentin is homeschooled and his friends are all tennis players, but when you are not able to play your social life is not existent anymore.
During this painful time I’ve also noticed another strange occurrence. Quentin is wearing a FitBit all the time, and one day I saw that his resting pulse was now at around 85, on average over 80! Before all this happened it was at around 60…
I told the doctors but they had no good explanation for it.
The whole story was now going on for almost three months!
Quentin started to play and practice again, also with other kids. Slowly he was getting better, but was still far away from good or lightyears away from doing great.
He also had two severe relapses, which forced him both times to rest again for several days. Once I had him even registered for a low level tournament, because he again begged me that he wanted to compete. We had to cancel it.
The pain was also not going away and mostly his shoulder was hurting, sometimes his wrists, sometimes some muscles, even his lungs, but the pain was never predictable.
One day my wife looked into the calendar and saw an appointment coming up: The third HPV vaccination!
I said “Wait a minute!”, and yes, we found out that everything that happened to our son was aligned to the first and second HPV vaccination!!!
I tried to google side effects and did not find many in the US. Just a few weak hints on side effects on a governmental web site.
Then I found a post of a guy who was working for the German Athletic Sports Association. He was claiming that 15 of their athletes got the HPV vaccination and all of them had similar symptoms as Quentin. All of them had severe fatigue symptoms, all of them had a lot of pain and all of them had a serious decline in their performance.
Then I googled more and more, and found so many stories about similar symptoms, even deaths caused by cardiac arrest after the HPV vaccination. Remember, Quentin’s heart rate was going up dramatically!
I’ve posted a carefully written story about the possible link of the HPV vaccination and chronic fatigue symptoms, and posted it on the Tennis Warehouse Forum. I did not condemn every kind of vaccination, because I’m not an anti-vaxxer, but wrote that parents should be careful about it. Some other users reacted, and then after three days, my post got suddenly deleted, while it was even posted in the correct category – “Tennis and Health”.
I got no explanation or whatsoever why they deleted it, even though I’ve asked them via email.
There are actually whole countries, like Japan and others, that do not recommend the HPV vaccination, but the pharmaceutical industry is trying hard to distract any fears and is refusing to see any link to many cases of seriously sick children.
Now Quentin is actually slowly doing better and we hope that he will be symptom free anytime soon, but I’ve also found many cases where this has never happened.
Two months into the illness I’ve started to change his diet and give him some dietary supplements that seemed to help. Of course I’m not sure if this is the real cause why he is getting better, or if it’s just a coincidence.
Therefore… PLEASE have a serious look before you take the HPV vaccination. Educate yourself and don’t just do it because a Billion Dollar industry is broadcasting nice ads on TV!
(If you have questions about this story, please don’t hesitate to ask. I will for sure also answer critical questions.)
My son’s diet after the HPV vaccination: https://hpv-vaccine-side-effects.com/what-we-did-to-help-our-son/
Please find below two links of very poor girls with very severe symptoms, now ongoing for years:
(Correction: Japan did not ban the HPV vaccine, but also does not actively recommend it.)
If you have a young athlete in your family and are thinking of giving him or her the HPV shot, PLEASE watch this video before you do it!
If your young athlete already got the HPV vaccine, please watch it also and try whatever you can to detox your kid.
The same article in German: https://hpv-vaccine-side-effects.com/de/die-hpv-impfung-kann-sehr-schwerwiegende-nebenwirkungen-verursachen/