Originally Posted by Hewitt =Legend
Yeah man, pretty much nailed it with that post. The fixers come out and some just don't give a shit because they've got nothing to play for. Personally right now is the least interesting part of the season and the most pointless for the majority of the tour.
Do you agree though, that some of the best tennis of the year is played at the AO so I don't see how a busy schedule or too short an off season has anything to do with players being burned out. They just need to manage it better and the better players do that *cough nadal*
Fixing is always going to happen, but this time of year it happens quite a bit, along with some other small events earlier in the season, but that's a whole separate issue.
I don't agree about the AO specifically having great tennis, every Slam has their good matches. It's very easy to isolate 1 or 2 examples and think that carries for the majority, when it's not the case.
There are too many events and has been for years. Do you need me to go through the whole fitness base thing? A lot of the lower ranked players, need the cash so they are going to be playing more events, they are the ones that need to rest for a month and then have about 5/6 weeks heavy physical training load for the new season. Then once on tour, it will be about maintenance so they don't overplay, but that has already happened with Kavcic for example earlier in the year and he is on the edge of making it directly to the AO.
The top guys can get away with it, because they are playing less during the year cause their ranking allows them to be more selective when playing events.