I have just discovered TennisInsight.com and there is a "New" category listing Injuries. You can also call up individual players and see what injuries they have sustained since Jan. 2006, and whether it meant ret. or W/D or W/O.
With the furore surrounding the court for the SUI/ESP tie and whether it was that which led to Wawrinka (knee) and Nadal (thigh) being injured, it led me to see if they and other players are injury prone anyway, or if fast indoor carpet meant a tendency to get injured.
Wawrinka's last injury (shoulder) was in Jan. 2006 and so there was a W/O from the Doubles. So he does not appear injury prone.
Nadal, on the other hand, is as follows: (updated Feb 11th)
Feb 10 2007 Thigh - WD from Marseille ATP Singles
Feb 9 2007 Thigh - WD from Davis Cup Singles
Jan 8 2007 Groin - ret. from Sydney ATP Singles - returned Jan 15 2007
Oct 30 2006 Ribs - WD from Paris TMS Singles - returned Nov 12 2006
Sep 11 2006 Ankle - WD from Beijing ATP Singles - returned Sep 22 2006
Jul 17 2006 Left Hand - WD from Stuttgart ATP Singles - returned Aug 7 2006
Jun 12 2006 Shoulder - ret. from Queens Club ATP Singles - returned Jun 26 2006
May 15 2006 Fatigue - WD from Hamburg TMS Singles - returned May 29 2006
Mar 10 2006 Ankle - w/o from Indian Wells TMS Doubles - returned Mar 20 2006
Feb 20 2006 Leg - WD from Rotterdam ATP Singles - returned Feb 27 2006
So he appears injury prone. As a matter of interest, I had a look at the rest of the top 10, and he has far more than any of the others. Blake hasn't had any since Jan 2006 - good thing too, after earlier years.
A quick look down the carpet tournaments, and there do not appear to be more than for any other surface. I was looking for injuries to legs, as that is usually caused by the surface.
I am also intrigued when the reason is "unknown" - what implications does that have for the player? Anyone know if they get fined?
So what causes a player to be injury prone, do you think? Monfils, as an example, takes too many risks on the court, but what about, say, Gasquet?
Last edited by Gulliver; 02-11-2007 at 11:41 AM.