Re: When did the abuse of "medical timeouts" get so bad?
Personally I agree with players needing some sort of rest during matches.
For instance in Football (Soccer), they play 45mins. Take a rest for 15mins. Then finish the final 45.
Compare that to tennis, where players can be playing 2/3hr+ matches every couple of days in tournaments.
Maybe they should do it for the 3 setter tournies. After set 2 has finished. The players get 5/10 extra additional mins after a certain round. If it is forced to go to a 5th set, give them another 5 mins to rest before they get down to it.
Perhaps they should look to try it out for next years AO. Especially with the heat, so that would be the best place to trial it out. Another advantage of this is that rather than cancelling all the matches when it goes around 35 degrees. Which causes untold problems, especially now. Where players are playing at 1am & on to complete matches. So giving them more breaks throughout the matches, means the players can rest better without taxing themselves to the max in extreme conditions. Rather than being forced to go on all the way through for hours without much rest. Not to mention the paying public would probably prefer it. It's easier for them to sit there for a few mins waiting on the players to come back out on court. Rather than taking days off work or travelling far to get to wherever. Only to find play has been suspended for an untold amount of hours. Therefore there is nothing to watch & are forced to sit around waiting ages for play to be re-started.
The AO would be the perfect place to trial something like that out. After all in sports such as Football, Rugby, Basketball & so on. There is proper chance to get a rest throughout the match. Heck, I read in the paper a couple of weeks ago about a player from my favourite team wanting the winter break re-introduced to our league. This despite players on tens of thousands every week, playing usually 1 match per week. With 2 at most for any of the cup games than need playing.
Compare that to tennis players, especially the ones who constantly get to the later rounds in tournies.
For instance: Andy Murray in Cincy last year played 14 matches in 17 days, said he was only about 50 percent going into his match with Roddick.
“I wasn't going into the match expecting to win tonight,” said Murray, who had the same sentiments before his match earlier this week against World No.1 Roger Federer, whom he defeated. “I considered pulling out when I woke up this morning and about a half an hour before I went on, but I felt like I had one hour where I could compete with him.”
Introducing small breaks in between sets would get my vote. Not only would the players get less tired during the matches, but it'd be beneficial to the fans as they'd get to see better tennis being played.