The popular conception is that rest is often the best cure.
Sam Stosur will be hoping that age-old saying proves prophetic when she gets her Japan Open campaign underway this week.
The tournament is certain to provide the competition that the 28-year-old needs to blow off the cobwebs off the back of her disappointing mission to defend her US Open title and as part of her efforts to reach the prestigious season-ending championships.
Juan Carlos Ferrero’s decision to quit tennis after the Valencia Open exposes the huge strains players are put under during year-long tours, as the former French Open champion becomes the third high-profile retirement of the summer.
Ferrero, who missed out on the US Open this month, has endured an injury-hit season that has seen his world ranking fall to 111. The Spaniard admitted that the intensity of the tour has forced his decision to retire.
It has taken 76 years but, at last, a British man has won a Grand Slam singles title and, according to Andy Murray, winning the US Open “means the world” to him.
Murray didn’t make it easy for himself in defeating Novak Djokovic. Having been two sets up, he then lost sets three and four, before winning the final set of an epic contest, which lasted almost five hours.
Having recently been defeated in the final at Wimbledon, Murray should take great credit for his victory...