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Navratilova backs strikes

Posted 09-22-2011 at 02:29 PM by Philip Oliver
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova believes Andy Murray’s suggestion that the game’s top players could strike over the difficult schedule would be fully justified.
Murray previously stated that he would be open to a strike if the packed schedule isn’t reviewed after a number of players complained of fatigue following a long and arduous season.

The action is planned to be discussed at the upcoming Masters tournament and in Shanghai, despite receiving criticism from the game’s officials. Fans of tennis betting will hope things are sorted out quickly.

However, the eighteen time Grand Slam winner believes that the likes of Murray, Nadal, Federer and Djokovic would be right to stop playing and feels the time is right for them flex their muscles.

She told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Of course tennis players want to play - that's what you train for.

"But if you feel you don't have control over how that's put together.

"If it's the only way they can get to that point, that's what they have to do - if they can unify themselves enough and if that's the last resort."

The issue of the strike was raised after US Open finalists Rafa Nadal Novak Djokovis were forced to fly straight back to Europe following their Flushing Meadows showdown to represent their countries in the Davis Cup. With the final taking place on the Monday both men played in their country’s opening rubbers on the Friday. Those looking at the mobile sports betting will know how packed the schedule is.

Nadal looked physical ruined following the final and Navratilova believes this is a sure sign that the players are playing too much.

"When someone in as unbelievable shape as Nadal runs out of gas at the US Open, it's too much.

"You only have one body, one career, you want to make the most of it. I don't see why Andy Murray should be criticised for taking control of his life."
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