Originally Posted by mirkaland
One who doesn't buy this argument is the tournament director of the Classic (and formerly the Open), Colin Stubs. Back in the 1960s, he was a circuit player himself, taking on the likes of Rod Laver. It is possible, Stubs says, that modern tennis is a bit more demanding because of advances in equipment, but players can pick and choose their events.
In contrast, his memory of life on tour 40-odd years ago was "getting on a boat in February and coming back here late in October. In between you'd play week in, week out. I can't remember taking a week off. There was no money in the game, so you had to play to get by. And that meant playing singles, doubles and mixed. Sometimes two matches a day."
The difference, says Stubs, is modern court surfaces. In the '60s all of the major tournaments apart from the French Open were played on grass. Now Wimbledon is the only one sticking to the green, green grass of home — much easier on players' joints.
Injuries are nothing new. "Players got injuries in my day," Stubs recalls, "though perhaps not the debilitating ones of today."
I agree with this Colin Stubs. I think some of the hard court tournaments could be replaced with grass court tournaments. We have too many hard court events and they seem to be causing many of the injuries. I don't think removing tournaments from the calendar is a solution.