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it-girl
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:01 PM
Injuries have at some point affected every player on tour and I have to wonder how much it has affected the legacy of many of these players. So often many people want to say that if you are on the court then you can play and that's just it, they refuse to accept the fact that a player may be injured just because they want that player to lose. I have sadly been guilty of this myself.


But with everything going on it's kind of hard to overlook the fact that injuries have affected a lot of tennis history.


How many slams would Serena, Venus, Justine & Kim have now if they were not affected by injuries throughout their careers?
How many slams with Monica Seles have won if she was not injured by a fool?
Will Maria ever win a slam again now because of a game changing injury?
Ana Ivanovic has had so many nagging injuries and just when she starts playing better she gets another injury.
Just when Elena D was close as ever at the French Open she suffers an injury. Who knows what could have been.
Then you have players who have had so many injuries throughout their career that they have not been able to play their best tennis like Sania Mirza, Sabine Lisicki & so many other players on tour.Injuries are affecting everyone from the great champions to the journey-woman and I feel this has affected a lot of the history of this game. I really feel that Venus & Justine would be in the double digits also & Kim could possibly have more slams now also. Serena could very well be in the 20's by now of slam count wins without injuries.


Can you imagine what it would be like if some of these players had a nice injury free run that lasted at least a couple of years?


What do you think?

goldenlox
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:03 PM
Injuries are a part of sports, except for Monica Seles, who was attacked because she was a dominant #1 and a Graf fan wanted Graf to be #1. Which he got.

Craig.
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:09 PM
Question: Has Svetlana ever been injured?

Smitten
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:11 PM
Being healthy is part of sport.

The Witch-king
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:33 PM
Injuries are a part of sports, except for Monica Seles, who was attacked because she was a dominant #1 and a Graf fan wanted Graf to be #1. Which he got.

Being healthy is part of sport.

:eek: who knew

roelc
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:36 PM
king roger manages to avoid injuries. never misses a slam
it's more than just being lucky

miffedmax
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:06 PM
It's harsh but true, the players we remember in all sports are the ones who remain injury-free long enough to put together major accomplishments.

it-girl
Jan 26th, 2011, 06:44 PM
This Justine Henin retirment is a classic example of how injuries can affect the legacy of a player. I think people need to be more willing to accept the fact that some of these players really are suffering despite what we see. Myself included.

Mynarco
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:30 PM
Apart from that stabbing, injury is part of tennis.

OsloErik
Jan 26th, 2011, 09:01 PM
Question: Has Svetlana ever been injured?

2005 US Open, she had strained her back the week prior. I remember she said she only played because she was defending champion and couldn't bear missing it the year after. And then she lost in the 1st round.

Beyond that, I don't think she's ever had a significant injury that kept her off the tour.

OsloErik
Jan 26th, 2011, 09:03 PM
I think we have to start with Tracy Austin. The first half of the 1980s might have been very, very different had she been around the whole time. She had Evert's number, she had Navratilova's number, and she was still CRAZY young. I don't think she would have sustained that for Hurricane Graf or the early years of Seles, but she would be a 5+ slam champion, easily, and the Evert-Navratilova legacy would be quite different.

Vartan
Jan 26th, 2011, 09:05 PM
:p you missed Maria; I don't think there has been a season where she was not injured.

LightWarrior
Jan 26th, 2011, 09:17 PM
king roger manages to avoid injuries. never misses a slam
it's more than just being lucky

Both legends Evert and Navratilova never had serious injuries throughout their careers as well.

RenaSlam.
Jan 26th, 2011, 09:20 PM
Sport = Injuries.