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Fitness issues of the "young and extremely talented shotmakers"

gaitare
06-01-2012, 08:20 AM
Paire's yesterday's presser:

http://freedomtennis.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/benoit-paire-may-31-2012/

Fragments:



Q. Beyond this loss, I guess youíre quite disappointed with the match you played, because we all know you can play far better. Many unforced errors today, and I guess the match you play youíre sorry about more than losing?

BENOIT PAIRE: Yes, I walked on the court against Ferrer and I knew it would be a complicated match. Itís true Iím very disappointed, very frustrated.

Iím just out of the court, and I must say itís a bit tough because I never managed to play well except for the first two games. Although I didnít serve well on though two games, I managed to play, but I didnít serve well.

I never managed to play my tennis. I never managed to find motivation. Iím not motivated, but Iím a bit tired. When I arrived at the tournament I felt sore. When you walk on the court and you know you have to play Ferrer, itís a bit difficult. [/code]




Q. What did you learn during this tournament?

BENOIT PAIRE: I learned a lot of things. For tennis, I realized that I had the appropriate level to play against very big players.

I also learned from a physical standpoint I still have to learn, because I was very tired today. I felt very sore when I did some exercises. I even took a very cold bath, and I had never done that.

I used a lot energy on my previous match, and I had difficulties getting back on court. Itís as if my tournament was over after Ramos. I had done something big, and it was difficult for me to get back into the tournament.

I told it to my coach. I said, Itís great, and I donít feel like playing another match. So what I learned is that you need to remain focused and not start thinking itís over after youíve played a big match.



We know Paire is very fast and agile for his height, but at this point he doesn't have the endurance to really tackle a grand slam tournament.

Dimitrov lost to Almagro in AO R2, he led 2:1 in sets and literally collapsed physically. He had something in the tank for 2 sets against Gasquet (who was feeling unwell himself) yesterday, and this was R2 of a slam as well.

Dolgopolov struggles as well, but he seems to have an excuse.

There were discussions on MTF that the top 100 is aging rapidly, that the game is more physical than ever, but do you think that the up-and-coming and very talented have a real commitment to the sport and are willing to work VERY HARD to get to the top?

Do they rely on their brilliant shotmaking? Did they listen to Federer rambling on how he wasn't exactly a hard worker in the past?

Action Jackson
06-01-2012, 08:54 AM
Fitness is the one thing you can mostly control, yes injuries happen but exercises can be done to prevent injuries.

Tennis is a speed endurance sport and with it becoming more physical it takes longer to build the speed endurance base that is needed to cope with the sport as it stands.

Cramping in the 2nd set well that is just bad management either through not enough electrolytes, sodium intake or not managing the situation.

ossie
06-01-2012, 10:10 AM
which extremely talented shotmakers are we talking about here. paire and dimugtrov?

Hypnotize
06-01-2012, 10:19 AM
Paire's yesterday's presser:

http://freedomtennis.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/benoit-paire-may-31-2012/

Fragments:



Q. Beyond this loss, I guess youíre quite disappointed with the match you played, because we all know you can play far better. Many unforced errors today, and I guess the match you play youíre sorry about more than losing?

BENOIT PAIRE: Yes, I walked on the court against Ferrer and I knew it would be a complicated match. Itís true Iím very disappointed, very frustrated.

Iím just out of the court, and I must say itís a bit tough because I never managed to play well except for the first two games. Although I didnít serve well on though two games, I managed to play, but I didnít serve well.

I never managed to play my tennis. I never managed to find motivation. Iím not motivated, but Iím a bit tired. When I arrived at the tournament I felt sore. When you walk on the court and you know you have to play Ferrer, itís a bit difficult. [/code]




Q. What did you learn during this tournament?

BENOIT PAIRE: I learned a lot of things. For tennis, I realized that I had the appropriate level to play against very big players.

I also learned from a physical standpoint I still have to learn, because I was very tired today. I felt very sore when I did some exercises. I even took a very cold bath, and I had never done that.

I used a lot energy on my previous match, and I had difficulties getting back on court. Itís as if my tournament was over after Ramos. I had done something big, and it was difficult for me to get back into the tournament.

I told it to my coach. I said, Itís great, and I donít feel like playing another match. So what I learned is that you need to remain focused and not start thinking itís over after youíve played a big match.



We know Paire is very fast and agile for his height, but at this point he doesn't have the endurance to really tackle a grand slam tournament.

Dimitrov lost to Almagro in AO R2, he led 2:1 in sets and literally collapsed physically. He had something in the tank for 2 sets against Gasquet (who was feeling unwell himself) yesterday, and this was R2 of a slam as well.

Dolgopolov struggles as well, but he seems to have an excuse.

There were discussions on MTF that the top 100 is aging rapidly, that the game is more physical than ever, but do you think that the up-and-coming and very talented have a real commitment to the sport and are willing to work VERY HARD to get to the top?

Do they rely on their brilliant shotmaking? Did they listen to Federer rambling on how he wasn't exactly a hard worker in the past?
Did you even watch the Dimitrov v Gasquet match? It's blatantly wrong to say Dimitrov had nothing in the tank in the last two sets and was running down everything he could. His problem was he injured his leg at the end of the 2nd set (whether it was cramp or an injury, we don't know) which meant he couldn't push-off on his serve and he had to pull up on a few occasions when he was chasing down balls. He never gave up though and fought to the end.

I do agree however that a lot of these talented young players struggle in long matches. The problem is that the game is so physical now and if you don't have a big serve that gets you a lot of cheap points then it can be a problem. People on here seem to think endurance is something you can achieve easily by hitting the gym for a few months when it fact it is something you build up over years of hard work and dedication. Barring the odd genetic freak, the days of teenagers dominating the sport are a thing of the past and a lot of these guys will now peak in their early 20s.

Time Violation
06-01-2012, 10:23 AM
Well, Nole didn't have great fitness in the beginning either, but at least he didn't struggle much when it was cool enough, this is not Australia. Definitely they should be able to do something more, they are not 18 to pull the "body not developed" excuse :)