Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Under Carlos Moya
A few random thoughts/questions:
1) The Aussie season is often among the worst hit by injuries.
Is this because of the surface (hard on the joints and a bit sticky by all accounts so producing more "jolts" as movement cannot be as smooth as on the more "natural" surfaces?
the shock to the players' bodies after a period off?
2) Of the GS-Tier I & II events, the surface breakdown is as follows (two-week events in caps):
Hardcourt (Indoor & Outdoor): 18 events = 22 weeks. Sydney, AUSTRALIAN OPEN, Dubai, Qatar, INDIAN WELLS, MIAMI, Stanford, San Diego, Los Angeles, Canadian Open, New Haven, US OPEN, Beijing, Luxembourg, Stuttgart, Linz, Zurich, YEC/Madrid
Clay: 6 events = 7 weeks Hilton Head, Amelia Island, Warsaw, Berlin, Rome, FRENCH OPEN,
Grass: 2 events = 3 weeks Eastbourne, WIMBLEDON
Indoor surfaces: 4 events = 4 weeks Carpet- Tokyo, Greenset Paris/Antwerp, Supreme: Moscow
Almost 2/3 of the entire circuit is played on hardcourts.....
These outdoor hardcourt events are also played in the most extreme climate conditions - the temperatures during the outdoor clay and grass season are rarely as high as those often experienced in the Aussie events, for example.
3) California is traditionally the home of hardcourt tennis in the US. Billie Jean King and Tracy Austin, the most accomplished Californian tennis players (i.e. raised on hardcourts) in the pro era both had dreadful injury problems. After about 6 seasons playing more or less full time (1969), King's knees were shot to pieces and she had the first of several major operations in 1970.... and this is a woman who had excellent technique. Austin's career was over in 83, after about 6 seasons on the tour.
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