So many top 10 and other players have been injured this year. I think this is really the critical moment of ATP tour and its future. Shouldn't players, in particular Federer, Nadal, Sir Murray and Djokovic, take the action to raise their voices to reform ATP tour schedule and ATP point counting system? I guess it would be difficult to reduce the number of tournaments, hence one could argue like, 1) reschedule ATP world tours, ex. avoid 2 week consecutive MS1000 events (currently 3 times throughout the year, IW/Miami, Madrid/Rome and Canada/Cincinnati), 2) prohibit to play after midnight, 3) release the ATP 500 participation obligation, 4) reduce # of ATP point counting tournaments for MS1000. etc. What do you think? Thanks.
The injuries are not really caused by the schedule or the number of tournaments. Top professional tennis players used to play many more matches.
1. When you have so many 30+ year olds in the top 100 such as the current situation, the probability of injury occurrence increase as well. Remember, despite people keep telling you that age is just a number, no, age is not just a number.
2. Due to slower courts and heavier balls and tolerance for on court time wasting, players are playing longer hours expending more energy than ever, resulting in increasing the probability for injury to occur. I don't have the data if players are actually spending more hours per match than before, but based on my personal observations, that is the general trend since mid 2000s.
So while I agree that ATP must take action to protect health of the top players, allowing them to play fewer tournaments is not a solution and will never work. Remember that to bring in money, you have to bring in familiar faces. There are already exemptions given to those who have earned them, but to give exemptions to play fewer tournaments to every top 24-27 yo players who should be in their prime playing everything and at the top of their game, will destroy the tour.