Ivo Karlovic Hospitalized in Miami for Viral Meningitis, Not a Stroke

Ivo Karlovic

April 28, 2013 — After falling ill and being readmitted to a Miami hospital, Ivo Karlovic is now recovering from an official diagnosis of viral meningitis according to Croatian media outlet Večernji list.

When news first broke out over social media two days ago that Karlovic was hospitalized, initial reports suspected a “mild stroke.” Večernji list then updated its coverage, stating that it was “inflammation of the brain through a possible insect bite.”

Today, however, an official statement has been released via Ivo and his wife in Miami, stating: “Ivo did not have a stroke, as some outlets have stated; rather, he has viral meningitis (inflammation of the meninges of the brain). We ask for privacy during his recovery process. We thank everyone for their support and well wishes.”

Karlovic’s sister Ana, a sports psychologist, also noted: “Some have reported that the (diagnosis) was a stroke, without any verification. That’s not really professional on their end.”

Viral meningitis could be caused by one of several viruses, with the most common being the enteroviruses, though nothing is specifically known about Karlovic’s case. According to the CDC, antibiotics are not useful in treating this form of meningitis, and most people recover on their own within two weeks with bed rest, plenty of fluids and analgesics.

Karlovic is still hospitalized in Miami, but according to his former coach, he is “conscious and aware, and doing well.”

Tennis Grandstand wishes Ivo a speedy recovery and a return to full health.