Inevitable that the hard graft of the pro tour would have repercussions. And those a couple of years younger eg Milos, Kei and JMDP are frequently injured. Leave alone players as young as Kyrgios. Which is what Judy was saying quite recently.
Given all that and this unprecedented situation, is it too much to hope that the ATP will now relax the conditions it imposes on players by forcing them to play so many tournaments?
I think another reason (though more for wrist/elbow/shoulder injuries) is the way the tennis racquets are made these days, with artificial rather than natural gut or something like that. I've heard Petch talk about it alot. It puts much more strain on the wrist/arm because there is less give.
I didn't know about that Ruthie, so thanks for the info. Another factor, according to what I've read, is that the current habit of players sliding on hard-courts is likely to cause more hip injuries because of the extra strain it puts on the hips, but the only people who can do anything about that is the players themselves.
I don't think Andy would be bothered about getting back to # 1 and nor am I on his behalf. And I certainly hope one lesson he takes from this last year is the need to restrict his schedule. But if the hip (or an op) means he can't play at the kind of level he is used to, I somehow don't think he'd hang around for long - as a player at least. I somehow think he'd find it too frustrating.
I agree with you there, but there is another possibility and that is to play doubles because that way he'd put less strain on his body, but apart from Jamie I'm not sure that there's anyone else he would want to partner.
The other thing which occurred to me is that if he does take the rest of the year off, there's the small matter of the much trumpeted Andy Live which takes place in Glasgow on 7 November with Federer being his guest player. While I'm sure the Fed luvvies would still turn up in droves even if he just stood on the court, the fact remains that Andy would still have to pretty fit to play him even if it is a charity event because the spectators would be looking for a decent display to justify the cost of buying tickets, and that in turn would mean having to start preparing for the event quite a while beforehand, something which could well undo the benefits gained from having a complete break.