Originally Posted by Jimnik
If you can afford a coach then fine. If you can't, then that's too bad. But don't start complaining that these people can't afford to have coaches travelling with them everywhere. Next they'll be complaining that they can't afford to have a fitness trainer, a racket stringer and an army of friends and family to travel with them. Not everybody is entitled to a coach, you know. Maybe they could follow Roger's example of having a part-time coach to give them help when needed but to travel with them all the time? It is a luxury not a necessity.
I said coach only and only a coach, so where is the whole next stuff coming into it, when it hasn't been mentioned at all. Yes, Federer travelled the whole time without a coach since he was a pro, did you start watching tennis yesterday? He can do it now, but it wasn't something he did before.
We have 4 grand slams which produce the highest quality tennis because all the top players turn up and all of them give 100%. We also have 9 AMS events which usually also provide great viewing almost as good as the slams. Then we have all the IS tournaments which are all extremely important. For the fans, they don't need to be tennis of the highest quality (although it's nice when it is) they just need to show a good standard of pro tennis. Not every country can have a major tournament so we need as many of these as possible to cover every part of the world. For the players, they need a chance to play competitive tennis to be ready for the majors. If you prefer to only watch quality then watch the slams. Nobody is forced to watch all the small tournaments.
Considering every single continent would get represented under the proposal that I have suggested. Yes, that means South Africa/Asia would get a hardcourt tournament as a lead into the AO, this means that South America is the lead in with a TMS there and beginning the clay season and move onto Europe. After the grass the choice would be North America/Asia for hardcourt and then finish with the indoors.
Never seen the effects of over saturation of a product, it's not a good thing and it happens in sports and football is a clear example, sure there is plenty of it, but doesn't mean overall it has got better.
Players have to accept the consequences of working too hard during November and December. At the end of the day, it is the players who make their own decisions. The ATP can't control every player who chooses to enter every tournament and spend their entire winter holiday playing tennis and doing fitness regimes. If the players injure themselves by making these decisions, it is the players' fault not the ATP's.
Considering the off season isn't long enough to recover from the wear and tears and be able to have a solid training base which is needed to last the upcoming season, why are there more soft tissue injuries these days? Not enough time to recover, and no the tour isn't about the top 10, considering the ATP is about all the players.
The AO should feel like a Slam, but in some ways it isn't, too close to end of the previous season and if it was moved back and had a proper lead in to the event, then that negative aspect wil be minimised.
There are more events than ever, and these players aren't machines and what you don't think the stuff that comes with the job of tennis doesn't have an effect either. Hewitt, Ferrero, not enough time to recover from tough seasons at the top, immune system is down and then got chickenpox.
Injuries and illness can happen at any time, but the fact that they were run down and not enough time in the off-season to recharge their bodies, made them more likely to get the illnesses that they did.
Do you still want to go on with this or what? The players are the most important product in tennis, it's that simple, it's not us on here who go out and do their job.