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oddkayla
Feb 24th, 2005, 05:26 AM
So Amelie, she of the fragile physique is playing three weeks in a row? What is her schedule like in the coming weeks, considering there are two tier 1s back to back?

I would think someone who's body is so prone to breaking down would pace herself out, particularly if she wants to make an assault on the majors?

Oh well

JPrince
Feb 24th, 2005, 05:47 AM
She has this week in Doha, then Dubai, then Indian Wells. It is a tough schedule for her - non stop! A lot of travel as well! I often wonder how these players deal with jet-lag!!! :)

stenen
Feb 24th, 2005, 05:50 AM
She has this week in Doha, then Dubai, then Indian Wells. It is a tough schedule for her - non stop! A lot of travel as well! I often wonder how these players deal with jet-lag!!! :)

No Dubai.
Players are used to deal with jet-lag just like anyone who travels a lot for work ;)

JPrince
Feb 24th, 2005, 06:37 AM
Yeah I just saw on the WTA site that she's not playing in Dubai. Just as well...she needs a break. I can relate to too much flying and travel! I do it alot for my job. But I only travel cross-country, not intercontinental over 5 time zones! I'm beat just flying from Vegas to NYC, I can imagine what it's like flying every single week like that!

Asmus
Feb 24th, 2005, 06:52 AM
She may not be playing Dubai, but she is playing Indian Wells AND Miami for sure. And then what? The same schedule as last year with four events before the French Open (Amelia Island, Warsaw, Berlin, Rome)? I think it's absolutely ridiculous. She's playing so much to get the #1 ranking and will go the way of Martina Hingis, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne, out with a long-term injury as a result of not taking much-needed breaks. Nor will she have anything left physically to do anything at the French.
The way things are going, she won't take a significant break until after Wimbledon. WAKE UP MOMO!

stenen
Feb 24th, 2005, 06:56 AM
She may not be playing Dubai, but she is playing Indian Wells AND Miami for sure. And then what? The same schedule as last year with four events before the French Open (Amelia Island, Warsaw, Berlin, Rome)? I think it's absolutely ridiculous. She's playing so much to get the #1 ranking and will go the way of Martina Hingis, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne, out with a long-term injury as a result of not taking much-needed breaks. Nor will she have anything left physically to do anything at the French.
The way things are going, she won't take a significant break until after Wimbledon. WAKE UP MOMO!

She hasn't decided about Amelia Island yet. She's likely to skip Warsaw.
Let's see what she decides before screaming wake up calls at her, ok?

TomTennis
Feb 24th, 2005, 07:11 AM
She is playing in Doha
has dubai week OFF!
Then 2 weeks at Indian Wells
Then 2 weeks at Miami!!!

LostGlory
Feb 24th, 2005, 08:05 AM
Yeah I just saw on the WTA site that she's not playing in Dubai. Just as well...she needs a break. I can relate to too much flying and travel! I do it alot for my job. But I only travel cross-country, not intercontinental over 5 time zones! I'm beat just flying from Vegas to NYC, I can imagine what it's like flying every single week like that!

It is only 40 minutes by plane from Qatar to Dubai.....same time zone...

Mateo Mathieu
Feb 24th, 2005, 08:14 AM
It is only 40 minutes by plane from Qatar to Dubai.....same time zone...
Excatly! :lol: I would stay another week in Middle East if I were her! ;)

LostGlory
Feb 24th, 2005, 08:29 AM
Excatly! :lol: I would stay another week in Middle East if I were her! ;)

Dubai is one of the nicest cities I've ever seen ..... I Luve Dubai....seriously it is a beautiful place and players and visitors get royal treatment there....

jlamire
Feb 24th, 2005, 08:34 AM
People seems to exagerate a little bit. She plays only 4 max matchs a week and even less during the next 2 TiersI and she starts playing on wednesday or even thursday...That's not so much provided she does not exercise too much between official match. I guess that is the most important point: overtraining!
And I suspect that is what were doing the girls people are talking about in that thread.

oddkayla
Feb 24th, 2005, 08:46 AM
When you are playing tournaments, regardless of whether its only four matches to the final week, there is still practice sesions, and physical training. On top of that, there is the intensity of playing matches, and the psychology involved in the games that result in the body and mind being under more pressure than normal times when there is no tournament that is going on.

Amelie has to decide what is important. Being #1 for a brief spell or winning majors. If she wins big the ranking will follow, but I have noted that she talks about the ranking, her desire to get there.

With such a fragile physique, her body will not hold through the majors, and after a while that starts being a very lame excuse.

She will never win a major at the way she is going.

tennnisfannn
Feb 24th, 2005, 08:56 AM
She is playing in Doha
has dubai week OFF!
Then 2 weeks at Indian Wells
Then 2 weeks at Miami!!!
The miami and IW are that much tougher in terms of weeks. To win she would have to play 6 matches which is like 3 matches a week. 12 matches in 4 weeks.
she actually would be playing more in the tier 2s if she played them back to back.

spindoctor
Feb 24th, 2005, 09:39 AM
When you are playing tournaments, regardless of whether its only four matches to the final week, there is still practice sesions, and physical training. On top of that, there is the intensity of playing matches, and the psychology involved in the games that result in the body and mind being under more pressure than normal times when there is no tournament that is going on.

Amelie has to decide what is important. Being #1 for a brief spell or winning majors. If she wins big the ranking will follow, but I have noted that she talks about the ranking, her desire to get there.

With such a fragile physique, her body will not hold through the majors, and after a while that starts being a very lame excuse.

She will never win a major at the way she is going.

Very good points.
She's about to skip Amelia Island and Charleston because these tournaments are on green clay which a slightly different than red. Berlin and Rome are a good preparation for her on her route to RG since both tournaments are played on red clay. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe even Fed Cup will be played on red clay.

spindoctor
Feb 24th, 2005, 09:44 AM
Dubai is one of the nicest cities I've ever seen ..... I Luve Dubai....seriously it is a beautiful place and players and visitors get royal treatment there....

It's a nice place indeed but Dubai tournament is played on hardcourt which is the hardest surface for anyone's body so I just don't see any sense that she'd play in there this year knowing that Doha, IW and Miami are played on hardcourt.

Lemonskin.
Feb 24th, 2005, 09:51 AM
Whoa... if she played Dubai and IW that would be like 6 straight weeks playing...

swiss
Feb 24th, 2005, 10:23 AM
she will not play Dubai :rolleyes:
she want to play Indian Wells which is far away, you know ;) , from Dubai
she likes to go to the States 4 or 5 days before a tournament, and I think she wants to rest a little after Doha :lick:

jdog3008
Feb 24th, 2005, 11:52 AM
No Dubai.

But Amelie loves Dubai :confused::p

felipe2004
Feb 24th, 2005, 11:55 AM
I think she should play now only the tier Is before Roland Garros (IW, Miami, Charleston, Rome, Berlin). It would already be a lot of tourneys, but not too much, and they are the ones with the most points envolved ;)

Bumsby
Feb 24th, 2005, 02:03 PM
I think she should play now only the tier Is before Roland Garros (IW, Miami, Charleston, Rome, Berlin). It would already be a lot of tourneys, but not too much, and they are the ones with the most points envolved ;)
I think that's exactly what she will do, in the end ;)

TomTennis
Feb 24th, 2005, 02:31 PM
The miami and IW are that much tougher in terms of weeks. To win she would have to play 6 matches which is like 3 matches a week. 12 matches in 4 weeks.
she actually would be playing more in the tier 2s if she played them back to back.

You are correct- however....playing tier 2s in less strenous mentally! There are alson not as many 'to' players to beat!

Playing in IW and then Miami (FOUR weeks) is a lot for the body to handle. Despite the match:week ratio that you gave, i still think that Playing in the tier 1s in harder than back to back tier 2s..even if there are more matches :wavey:

swiss
Feb 24th, 2005, 03:15 PM
But Amelie loves Dubai :confused::p

she looooooooooves it for publicity :worship:
don't forget she won it :angel:
but four weeks in the row, it's too much, man :drool:

Andrew.
Feb 24th, 2005, 04:59 PM
I don't understand players who play a schedule like that, then when they get injured they seem to have no idea why.