01-15-2009, 08:09 AM
this is what i hate about tennis when players are coming to a tournament and know they won't stay until the end of the week. the crowd is paying high money for their tickets just to see low ranked players in the semifinals and finals.
we all know these players aren't really injured.
not good for the image of this sport.
01-15-2009, 08:59 AM
Expected though. The week before a slam every player is over-cautious.
01-15-2009, 09:04 AM
I'd give them some small benefit of doubt, after all they constantly suffer of minor or bigger injuries and certainly a Slam is their main goal at this stage of the season, so they would withdraw even with the smallest pain without risking it to develop into something more serious. Especially we know how injury prone Tsonga is, and in AO he defends the final points. Imagine another injury to exclude him from the game for a few weeks plus the loss of points.
Obviously not nice for the crowd who paid for the tickets and I would be upset too, but we must keep the priority straight, first go the tennis players and later go the spectators.
01-15-2009, 10:18 AM
Bilbo do you know what it is to be a professional tennis player with chronic injuries/physical problems? These injuries may not be apparent at all when watching a match on video. Many players have pain almost every day because of some chronic injury or physical problem but play through it. Tennis is a hard sport on the body. I think sometimes players do withdraw before a tournament for slightly doubtful reasons, but when a player gives a walk-over at the QF stage like Kohlschreiber and Tsonga did today there's no reason at all to doubt their motivations. Both are injury-prone players.
01-15-2009, 11:04 AM
Agreed. These withdrawals aren't good.
01-15-2009, 03:52 PM
Bilbo do you know what it is to be a professional tennis player with chronic injuries/physical problems?
no, but i would like to be a professional tennis player. i hope this helps.