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Burnout on the atp/wta tour?

Hi there i have just started my uni assignment and for the pyschological topic i have decided to discuss the concept of burnout. I have a few books/journal articles about burnout, but i was looking for some stories/names of players who suffered burnout (either atp or wta). Thanks guys
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For my major assignment, I'm doing it on the Hokey Pokey. And dance fads through the years.

I would say Ferrero, but I'm not sure if it was due mostly to chicken pox or a worn body.

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Re: Burnout on the atp/wta tour?

I know this is MTF...but...

Jennifer Capriati

...comes to mind. She turned pro at 14...had a few good years...then dropped...and dropped and dropped. Check out her season-ending rankings (according to the wta site):

2004-10
2003-6
2002-3
2001-2
2000-14
1999-23
1998-101
1997-66
1996-24
1993-9
1992-7
1991-6
1990-8

'96 thru '98 were very, very lean times for her. She was busted for drugs and almost dropped out of tennis all together. To her credit...she has staged a comeback...and might make a good case study for you.

Can't really think of anyone on the mens side who's gone through a protracted mental meltdown. Perhaps it's because they're older when they turn pro (current crop notwithstanding)...and don't seem to be as pushed by their parents to succeed (this is why I believe it crucial for Hewitt to ditch his parental tag-alongs).

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Re: Burnout on the atp/wta tour?

one that comes to mind is Lleyton, only after his ranking drop in 2003, and limiting his tournaments played, every commentator seemed to be saying had been suffering from burnout after having such big years in 2001/2002
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Re: Burnout on the atp/wta tour?

Ferrero, Hewitt, Philippoussis, Safin..
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would be interesting to look into Sampras.....in many interviews he goes into the toll it took on him to continue playing at such a high level for so many years, without ever really dropping off........which has plenty to do with why he says he's hardly even picked up a racquet since he retired
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Re: Burnout on the atp/wta tour?

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Ferrero, Hewitt, Philippoussis, Safin..
with Philippoussis at least, things would probably be more related to his injuries and the struggle to keep trying to claw his way back after each set-back, as opposed to being burnt out
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Daniel Elsner RIP
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Bjorn Borg maybe?

I know his leaving the sport at an early age probably had much to do with McEnroe starting to takeover their rivalry, but I'm sure it wouldve played a part
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Re: Burnout on the atp/wta tour?

Ferrero, the saddest example, because the full recovery is still to be done. He travelled like crazy across the oceans in late 2003, his schedule was horrible. Then he played the French in 2004 before being fully fit again and was cruelly punished. I can't prove it, but sometimes I feel he works too hard and is overtrained, just to compensate for missing results instead of being patient. But that is easier said than done I assume.

Having said all this, I sincerely want him back .
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Re: Burnout on the atp/wta tour?

Thanks guys! atp/wta is welcome, i just needed some examples to discuss. Ive also found some studies related to burnout (and the effects it has on performers).
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Re: Burnout on the atp/wta tour?

Justine and Kim... they played so intensively the last years that they got ill and/or injured

Kim seems to be back now tho, but I've heard some bad news about Justine who was training with Amelie and the press saw it and said Justine was shit not that I care

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Re: Burnout on the atp/wta tour?

I guess you already know this article, I found it interesting:
The top 10 tennis burnouts
(Borg, Hingis, Austin, Jaeger, Rios, Norman, Kournikova, Capriati, Medvedev, Dokic)
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Re: Burnout on the atp/wta tour?

Ljubo will soon burnout if keeps playing so much.
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Re: Burnout on the atp/wta tour?

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I guess you already know this article, I found it interesting:
The top 10 tennis burnouts
(Borg, Hingis, Austin, Jaeger, Rios, Norman, Kournikova, Capriati, Medvedev, Dokic)
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