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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 01-27-2009, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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When a player can't play at his normal level due to health reasons...?

Should he retire or tank the match. I'm not talking about rolling an ankle, but as is the case of Djokovic last night where the heat was obviously affecting him and he couldn't play normally. Should he have just tanked the match or was retiring the right thing to do? Personally I'm glad he retired because I bet on him and had he been healthy I think he would've won in straights. But in general I think it's OK to retire in this situation because it isn't going to be a good match from then on anyway, might as well save people the time and torment of watching that disaster.

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Re: When a player can't play at his normal level due to health reasons...?

I don't know that tank is the right word, but fight as best you can till the end. I've been in enough matches to know, you never really know what's going to happen in extreme conditions. I've been in, and seen some matches that totally turned around. The thing is, you never really know for sure how close to exhaustion your opponent is. Nor do you really know for sure you will not come back. Just dig deep and hang in there and see what happens. At the very least, future opponents will KNOW, you will not quit !!!

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retiring is the better option obviously

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Re: When a player can't play at his normal level due to health reasons...?

It depends. If its a legit injury or if a player is really about to die out there, then retirement is the correct option.

But if a player didn't put in the work in the off season and can't stand the Aussie heat while his opponent is fresh as a daisy, you have to play till the end.

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Personally, i believe roddick was fine, hes not playing great and i think he was scared of defeat.

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Re: When a player can't play at his normal level due to health reasons...?

hey nina in your negative rep of me you said: i'd like to see you play in 100 degree heat with a history of breathing problems. ummm hellllo... when did novak say he had breathing problems in that match? he made up some BS about cramping, when obviously his body just couldn't handle the conditions, and he wasn't prepared.

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hey nina in your negative rep of me you said: i'd like to see you play in 100 degree heat with a history of breathing problems. ummm hellllo... when did novak say he had breathing problems in that match? he made up some BS about cramping, when obviously his body just couldn't handle the conditions, and he wasn't prepared.

wtf are you talking about?
He's had surgery for breathing problems and he has asthma. I don't blame him for retiring. Heck, I wanted Andy out of there too.

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He's had surgery for breathing problems and he has asthma. I don't blame him for retiring. Heck, I wanted Andy out of there too.
yesterday's match had nothing to do with breathing problems.
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yesterday's match had nothing to do with breathing problems.
I'm just answering your question. He has had a history of breathing problems.

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So he retired because he was feeling hot? My god, I can only imagine what Clay Death would say... When does he get unbanned?
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Re: When a player can't play at his normal level due to health reasons...?

I am not sure in this case, but heat injuries can be serious. I was just told that people who suffered a heat injury when younger could be very heat sensitive. (not sure if that was ever the case with Novak). I don't think he had a good prep. He spent the most of his prep time in cold Serbia.

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I'm just answering your question. He has had a history of breathing problems.
i know all about his breathing problems, i was responding to the person who tried to say breathing problems had anything to do with this match. novak needs to be criticized for spending the off season in serbia. that's like practicing for the super bowl at lambeau field when the game is in san diego.
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Only reason for retiring is if you risk agravating an injury.
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You step on the court, you go 'till the end.
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