Originally Posted by Jimnik
I don't think there are "a lot more injuries now". Even if there are, why would it be because of the "recovery period"? As I've said before, players do not have to play throughout the year. If they feel physically fatigued, they can take a break whenever they like during the many months when there are no important tournaments.
Only the top players can afford large breaks in schedule, not everyone can play a Hewitt like schedule, can't think that is a possibility for all the players, when not all circumstances are the same. Hence the vast majority of players have to play more tournaments than they would like for either economic reasons or keeping the ranking points up, so they can participate in the bigger events and do the best of themselves.
Shorter off season, not enough time to recover from niggles for the whole year, then after than they have to work during the off season on the other things like base fitness, endurance, speedwork, this takes time to get the benefits from this, if done correctly.
You say players play challengers in December "for the points and others do it for the money". I think that's a very negative way of looking at it. Has it occured to you that some may just enjoy playing tennis throughout the year? Last year, Andy Roddick played more tennis than anyone because he was in the Tennis Masters Cup and the Davis Cup final. At this year's Aus Open, somebody asked if he would finally take a break in February. His reply was that he was going to head over to America to play in the hard court tournaments because he would get bored if he wasn't playing tennis.
It's not a negative way to look at it all, it makes sense, if the tournaments are there, then people will play them, some need the cash and others need the points and also they have to make the cutoff for the AO without qualifying. You only think about the top players, the fact is that the majority of players aren't financially that well off, so many have to play more to pay expenses, some love the competition, but there are other practical reasons.