Admittedly speaking from a position of complete ignorance about tennis fitness, it just seems to me as if top players are forever suffering from some injury, or malaise of some kind. Do we really believe for example that Nole has hurt his shoulder?Seemed in pretty good working order to me on Sunday ,sadly..
Unless Nole had his right shoulder heavily taped for the AO final as a sort of kid-on, then I think we have to accept that he does have an injury that needs a bit of rest.
It was probably due to the strapping that he was able to play the way he did, although I can't help feeling that if he was carrying an injury (and his knee was taped too
) then maybe if Andy had played better, won more games and possibly forced a 4th or 5th set, those injuries might just have begun to tell.
The reason players seem to be suffering from constant injuries and malaise is quite simply because the ATP tour is too long and exhausting, which is why, after much complaining by players over recent years, the off-season is to be extended from 4 weeks to 7 from 2012, which means the Tour Final will be held at the beginning of November. Why not? The WTA Tour ends at the end of October!
It will, of course, will mean some tournament re-arranging and I hope the ATP don't now intend to squeeze more tournaments back to back rather than cut a couple out. That would defeat the object of the exercise, but I appreciate that cutting tournaments out would not be popular with the organisers, and there would inevitably be a few very ruffled feathers.